What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious health condition that currently affects more than 2 million people in the UK. Diabetes occurs as a result of the body’s inability to control the amount of glucose in the blood stream; people with diabetes have too much glucose in their blood. Glucose levels are usually controlled by the hormone insulin; in diabetes sufferers, the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas is either too high or too low.

Guide to Diabetes


Types of diabetes

Causes and risk factors

Living with diabetes

Preventing diabetes

Recognising the symptoms of diabetes

Treating diabetes