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Symptoms

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes too much sugar in your blood. It can cause serious health problems if not treated.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include needing to pee a lot, feeling thirsty all the time and feeling very tired.

Treatment for type 2 diabetes includes medicines and changes to your diet and activity levels to help control your blood sugar levels.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include needing to pee a lot, feeling thirsty all the time and feeling very tired.

Check if you have type 2 diabetes

Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising. This is because symptoms do not necessarily make you feel unwell.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

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Treatment for type 2 diabetes includes medicines and changes to your diet and activity levels to help control your blood sugar levels.

Medical treatments

Most people need medicine to control their type 2 diabetes.

Medicine helps keep your blood sugar level as normal as possible to prevent health problems. You may have to take it for the rest of your life.

Diabetes usually gets worse over time, so your medicine or dose may need to change.

Adjusting your diet and being active is also necessary to keep your blood sugar level down.

Self-care

A healthy diet and keeping active will help you manage your blood sugar level.

It'll also help you control your weight and generally feel better.

You can eat many types of foods

There's nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you'll have to limit certain foods.

You should:

  • eat a wide range of foods – including fruit, vegetables and some starchy foods like pasta
  • keep sugar, fat and salt to a minimum
  • eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day – do not skip meals

If you need to change your diet, it might be easier to make small changes every week.

Read more on the NHS website.