Understanding

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Type 2 diabetes is a condition characterised by high blood sugar levels. It usually starts later in life, typically around middle age or older, and progresses gradually over time. 

This can have implications for a person's health as time goes on.

Find out more about insulin, blood sugar, and why they matter here.

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Diagnosing

Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly and people may not know they have it until symptoms become obvious. Often this can mean that health complications have already begun before a diagnosis is confirmed, so it’s really important that you visit your doctor for a check-up if you feel that you are developing symptoms.

The good news is that if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you may be able to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes.

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Treating

Blood sugar, insulin & HbA1c

Managing diabetes is about striking a balance between blood sugar and insulin levels. Learn how it all works here.

 

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Insulin questions answered

There are many factors to think about when considering insulin therapy. If you have concerns, you are not alone.

 

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Non-insulin therapies

Your doctor may prescribe a non-insulin therapy when you start type 2 diabetes treatment. You may continue taking some of these, even if you start insulin treatment.
 

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Long-acting insulin

Long-acting insulin is usually the first step on the insulin journey for a person with type 2 diabetes. Find out what you need to know.  

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Insulin pumps

An insulin pump is a device that delivers insulin over a period of time. Many people find this preferable to injections - find out why here.

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Mealtime insulin

You may need to take additional insulin, in the form of mealtime glucose levels. Learn what this is and how it can help you.

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Living

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Taking care of your emotional health

With so many physical factors to consider, it's easy to forget that type 2 diabetes can affect your emotional health as well.

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Monitoring & recording

Keeping good records is key to great diabetes management. Find out why, and get some tips.

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Staying active & eating well

Diet and exercise are an important part of type 2 diabetes care, but sometimes the hardest to achieve. Get help and advice.

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Support

Travel & holidays

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Type 2 diabetes shouldn't stop you travelling the world, but there might be some extra preparation to do.

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At work

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Having type 2 diabetes can present unique challenges in a workplace situation.


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Becoming a caregiver

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Caring for people with type 2 diabetes can be challenging, but is manageable with the right support.

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