Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood becomes too high because the body cannot use it properly. This happens because the body is not producing enough insulin (a naturally-occurring hormone) to deal with the amount of glucose.

Visit the NHS Choices website for more information about the condition or watch our Sound Dr videos to understand what it means to have diabetes, how to stay in control, tips on how to remember to take your medicines and patients stories.

If you think you may have diabetes you should see your doctor.

If you are at risk of diabetes

You can also do a self-assessment on the NHS Choices website to find out if you are at risk of developing Type2 diabetes.

Diabetes Prevention

If your GP has sent you a letter which confirms that you are a risk of Type 2 diabetes, you are able to register for the Diabetes Prevention Programme in Essex.  Here you will receive tailored, personalised support to reduce your risk.

If you live in North East Essex:

Contact The North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS).

They have created a directory of local services and organisations along with contact information which may be useful for anybody caring for or living with diabetes in North East Essex.

The directory includes:

If you live in South East Essex:

Contact The Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT).

If you have already been diagnosed

If you know which type of diabetes you have, you can find more information on Type 1 and Type 2 here.

You may wish to ask your GP to refer you to a dietician for specialist advice on what to eat. Changing your diet can really help with managing your blood sugar levels.

Management of your diabetes

Take a look at these Sound Dr videos which can help you manage and stay in control of your diabetes, through a healthy diet, active life and weight management.

If you live in North East Essex:

Local support
Other information and advice
  • Diabetes UK is the largest national diabetes charity, who campaign, carry out research, and have a wide range of information and resources.
  • Diabetes.co.uk is a national website which connect with the global diabetes community. There are forums and chat areas where you can talk with others with the condition, as well as a wealth of useful information.
  • The Black and Ethnic Minorities Diabetes Association is a charity who supports black and ethnic minority people with diabetes and their carers.
  • The Patient.co.uk website provide detailed information on Diabetes, Foot Care and Foot Ulcers.
Easy read leaflets

The Easy Health website has gathered together various videos and easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about diabetes.

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