Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

There are 2 main types of diabetes:

  • type 1 diabetes – a lifelong condition where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin properly

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, over 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

High blood sugar that develops during pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes. It usually goes away after giving birth.

It is very important that, when contacted, that you attend your diabetic annual review. This review is an essential part of keeping your diabetes under control and monitoring your blood and urine levels.

Date published: 20th September, 2023
Date last updated: 22nd December, 2023