There is a lot of information and support available for type 2 diabetes. Some of the support depends on the area you live in.
There are free education courses to help you learn more about and manage your type 2 diabetes.
Your GP will need to refer you, but you can phone your GP surgery to get a referral letter, so you don't need to make an appointment.
Read more information about education courses for type 2 diabetes.
The charity Diabetes UK runs local support groups.
These can help with things like managing your diabetes on a daily basis, diet, exercise or dealing with emotional problems, such as depression. They offer a place to talk and find out how others live with the condition.
It can be difficult to tell others you have diabetes, but it can help for certain people to know:
Some people choose to wear a special wristband or carry something in their wallet that says they have diabetes, in case of an emergency.
If it's known that you have diabetes, this can make a difference to the treatment you'll receive.
Search the internet for "medical ID" to find websites that sell them.
Our guide to care and support explains your options and where you can get support.
Page last reviewed: Sat Aug 2020 Next review due: Wed Feb 2020