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Finding help and support

There's a lot of information and support available for type 2 diabetes. Some of the support depends on the area you live in.

There are free education courses to help you learn more about and manage your type 2 diabetes.

Your GP will need to refer you, but you can phone your GP surgery to get a referral letter, so you do not need to make an appointment.

Read more information about education courses for type 2 diabetes.

If you're taking insulin for your type 2 diabetes, you will need to tell DVLA. This is because of the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). You can be fined if you do not tell DVLA.

The charity Diabetes UK runs local support groups.

These can help with things like managing your diabetes on a daily basis, diet, exercise or dealing with emotional problems, such as depression. They offer a place to talk and find out how others live with the condition.

  • forum – discussions about living with and managing diabetes
  • Diabetes UK blogs – a collection of blogs on work and diabetes, food, eyes and more
  • Diabetes Chat – scheduled chats with healthcare professionals or just the chance to talk to others
  • NHS Apps Library – find apps and tools to help you manage your diabetes, including some that link you to a lifestyle coach

It can be difficult to tell others you have diabetes, but it can help for certain people to know:

  • family can support you – especially as you will need to make changes to what you eat
  • it's important your colleagues or employer know in case of an emergency
  • being diagnosed with diabetes can affect your mood – telling your partner will help them understand how you feel

Some people choose to wear a special wristband or carry something in their wallet that says they have diabetes, in case of an emergency.

If it's known that you have diabetes, this can make a difference to the treatment you'll receive.

Search the internet for "medical ID" to find websites that sell them.


Social care and support guide

If you:

  • need help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability
  • care for someone regularly because they're ill, elderly or disabled – including family members

Our guide to care and support explains your options and where you can get support.