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Diabetes is a long-term condition where blood glucose levels become too high as the body either produces little or no insulin, or can't use insulin properly.
Having pre-diabetes does not mean you will necessarily develop type 2 diabetes, but you will have a higher risk than if you had normal glucose levels.
There are many types of diabetes medicine including insulin, metformin and sulphonylureas. There's no one-size-fits-all medicine for diabetes.
Diabetes screening tests
You can have diabetes without any symptoms at all. If you are at a high risk of diabetes, ask your doctor for a diabetes screening test.
Devices to self-monitor your blood sugar
Information about devices for diabetes testing and monitoring, blood sugar and ketone testing equipment can be found on this page.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use it well. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed.
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects people with diabetes. It can cause numbness but symptoms depend on which nerves are damaged.
Discover how diabetes can slowly damage your retina (the back of your eye). This can lead to diabetic retinopathy and vision problems.
Type 1 diabetes
Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be overwhelming. However, while the condition is not curable, there are ways to manage it successfully.
Find out about the causes, risk factors and potential complications of gestational diabetes, when during pregnancy it occurs, and how it can be managed.