Diabetes affects around 4.9 million people in the United Kingdom, and a further 13.6 million people are now at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Learn about diabetes, a lifelong condition. Learn more about who is at risk, symptoms, treatments, diets, and coping strategies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Overview & types of Diabetes

What Is Diabetes Insipidus?

The name “diabetes insipidus” has nothing to do with blood sugar levels that are too high. Instead, it’s a blanket phrase for any ailment that causes your body to produce excessive amounts of pee.

What’s Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus?

The kidneys in nephrogenic diabetes insipidus are unable to respond to a hormone that controls fluid balance. The effect is excessive urination and thirst.

Is There a Cure for Diabetes?

While there is no cure for diabetes, there are therapies that can help, including easy things you can do every day.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Oral glucose tolerance test

The oral glucose tolerance test is the gold standard for diagnosing type 2 diabetes, even though it is no longer widely used. It’s still widely used to identify gestational diabetes, a condition that can develop while a woman is pregnant.

Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing

The haemoglobin A1c test, also known as HbA1c, glycated haemoglobin test, or glycohemoglobin, is a blood test that determines how effectively your diabetes is managed.

Diabetes & Urine Testing

Two simple urine tests can aid you and your doctor in the detection of renal disease and severe high blood sugar.

Treatment & Care

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Types of Insulin for Diabetes

Diabetes is treated using a variety of insulin types, including rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, long-acting, and pre-mixed insulin. Find out which type is right for you.

Insulin Questions for doctors

Is insulin being recommended by your doctor to help you control your type 1 or type 2 diabetes? You’ll want to know how and when to take it, as well as any potential adverse effects and any other adjustments you’ll need to make.

Non-Insulin Questions for doctors

Insulin isn’t the only sort of injectable diabetic medication that your doctor may recommend. Find out more about injectable drugs.

Oral medication for diabetes

When you think about diabetic meds, you might think of insulin or other medications administered via injection or pump. Others, on the other hand, are taken as pills or inhaled.

Living with and Managing Diabetes

High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia)

Any diabetes treatment approach must include blood sugar control. Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is a major problem for persons with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) occurs when a diabetic’s body does not have enough sugar to use as fuel. It can occur for a variety of causes, including food, certain drugs and diseases, and physical activity.

Blood Sugar Levels for Adults With Diabetes

For blood sugar levels in diabetics, consult medical advice.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Continuous glucose monitors are FDA-approved devices that continuously measure your blood sugar levels throughout the day and night. Learn how they function and who they might be useful.

How and When to Test Your Blood Sugar

Many people with diabetes have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Most insulin-related crises can be avoided if you follow a few simple guidelines.

How to handle Insulin overdose

Many diabetes experiences low blood sugar, often known as hypoglycemia. Most insulin-related incidents can be avoided if a few simple rules are followed.

Diabetic Shock and Insulin Reactions

Anyone with diabetes faces the possibility of an insulin response. It can happen if there is an imbalance in your system’s insulin, the amount of food you eat, or your level of activity.

Carbs, Fibre, and Diabetes

You should pay extra attention to carbohydrates when watching your diet if you have diabetes since they might alter your blood sugar level faster than protein or fat.

Understanding Food and the Glycaemic Index

The glycaemic index allows you to distinguish between slower-acting “healthy carbs” and faster-acting “bad carbs.” It can be used to fine-tune your carb counts and help you maintain a more consistent blood sugar level. 

Optimal Serving Sizes for Diabetes

Do you have diabetes and are unsure how much you can eat? To begin, you must first determine how much food is in a serving. It might not be exactly what you expect.

Nerve Pain and Diabetes

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or nerve pain caused by diabetes, can be severe, persistent, and difficult to cure. Blood sugar management can make a major difference.

Eye Problems and Diabetes

Diabetes increases your chances of developing vision difficulties. Learn about common diabetes-related eye problems and how to address them.

Skin conditions and Diabetes

This disease frequently causes skin problems. Fortunately, the most of them can be successfully addressed before they become a serious issue. The idea is to catch them as soon as possible.

Kidney Disease & Diabetes

The most common cause of kidney failure in diabetic nephropathy, or kidney disease caused by diabetes. Learn about the signs and symptoms, as well as how to diagnose and treat them.

Infections and Diabetes

The majority of infections in diabetics can be addressed. However, you must be able to recognise the signs and symptoms. Find out what to look for.

Heart Disease and Diabetes

Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease. Learn more about the connection and how you may reduce your risk.

Depression and Diabetes

Learn about the link between diabetes and depression, how to recognise depression symptoms, and how to manage it.

Smoking and Diabetes

Smoking is harmful to everyone, but it is extremely dangerous if you have diabetes. Here are 14 suggestions to assist you in quitting.

Colds and Diabetes

Colds might aggravate your diabetes if you have it. Here are some things you can do to keep healthy.

Diabetic Macular Oedema

Diabetic macular oedema is an eye disorder caused by diabetes. Learn about the origins, symptoms, and treatment options.


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