Finding help and support

There is a lot of information and support available for type 2 diabetes. Some of the support depends on the area you live in.

Take a course to help you manage your diabetes

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.

Telling DVLA you have type 2 diabetes

If you're taking insulin for your type 2 diabetes, you will need to tell DVLA. This is because of the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). You can be fined if you don't tell DVLA.

Support groups 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.

Blogs, forums and apps

  • forum – discussions about living with and managing diabetes
  • Diabetes UK blogs – a collection of blogs on work and diabetes, food, eyes and more
  • Diabetes Chat – scheduled chats with healthcare professionals or just the chance to talk to others
  • NHS Apps Library – find apps and tools to help you manage your diabetes, including some that link you to a lifestyle coach

Telling others can be difficult

It can be difficult to tell others you have diabetes, but it can help for certain people to know:

  • family can support you – especially as you will need to make changes to what you eat
  • it's important your colleagues or employer know in case of an emergency
  • being diagnosed with diabetes can affect your mood – telling your partner will help them understand how you feel

Carry medical ID in case of an emergency

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.

Social care and support guide

If you:

  • need help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability
  • care for someone regularly because they're ill, elderly or disabled – including family members

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

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