Living with diabetes

Many people feel completely overwhelmed when they are diagnosed with diabetes, as it is a lifelong condition that needs constant monitoring. It can take a while to get used to the idea that you have diabetes and it may be an emotional rollercoaster to begin with. If you feel confused and you don’t know how you’re going to cope, don’t worry because there is a load of help and support out there for you.

In terms of practical advice and information, your GP and health care team will advise you as to how your treatment plan is going to work. According to NHS guidelines, all patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes will be given a care plan, which will involve the best possible medical treatment, as well as enabling patients to access a wealth of information regarding their condition and how to cope with diabetes. Treatment will be coupled with help and information sessions on easing symptoms, making lifestyle changes and adapting to life with diabetes. A large part of treatment for diabetes revolves around the concept of self-help; this involves the patient learning how to keep themselves fit and healthy.

If you are struggling and you need emotional support, or you simply want more information or want to chat with people in a similar situation to you, you can contact Diabetes UK, a charity that offers practical and supportive advice.

Guide to Diabetes


Types of diabetes

Causes and risk factors

Living with diabetes

Preventing diabetes

Recognising the symptoms of diabetes

Treating diabetes