Diabetes doesn't have to stop you from leading the life you want, nor does it mean you'll have other serious health problems in the future.
With careful management you can ensure you control the condition and it doesn't control you. You can stay healthy, active and live a full life.
If you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you will need insulin replacement for the rest of your life. You will also need to pay special attention to certain aspects of your lifestyle and health to ensure your blood glucose levels stay balanced - for example, by eating a healthy diet and carrying out regular blood tests.
If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may be able to control your symptoms simply by eating a healthy diet and monitoring your blood glucose level. However, as type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, you may eventually need medication, usually in the form of tablets.
Last reviewed: September 2016