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.
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 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:
Start the Health in Mind free self management course– You will need to complete a referral to Health in Mind before the course starts. To refer yourself, please telephone 0300 330 5455 or complete a referral form:Online at: www.northessexiapt.nhs.uk or with your GP or other health professional
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.