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Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood becomes too high because the body cannot use it properly. This happens because the body is not producing enough insulin (a naturally-occurring hormone) to deal with the amount of glucose.
Visit the NHS Choices website for more information.
If you think you may have diabetes you should see your doctor.
If you have already been diagnosed
If you know which type of diabetes you have, you can find more information on Type 1 and Type 2 here.
You may wish to ask your GP to refer you to a dietician for specialist advice on what to eat. Changing your diet can really help with managing your blood sugar levels.
You can also do a self-assessment on the NHS Choices website to find out if you are at risk of developing diabetes.
If your GP has sent you a letter which confirms that you are a risk of Type 2 diabetes, you are able to register for the Diabetes Prevention Programme in Essex. Here you will receive tailored, personalised support to reduce your risk.
If you live in North East Essex:
Contact The North East Essex Diabetes Service (NEEDS).
If you live in South East Essex:
Contact The Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT).
Diabetes UK offers local support groups throughout Essex. Visit their website to find a support group near you.
Essex Libraries have a wide range of books which explain the causes and effects of diabetes and offer advice about living with the condition.
If you live in Essex and are between the ages of 40 and 74, you can get a free NHS Health Check, which can assess your risk of developing a serious health condition or disease.
You can also find support in making lifestyle changes at Essex Lifestyle Services.
Diabetes UK is the largest national diabetes charity, who campaign, carry out research, and have a wide range of information and resources.
Diabetes.co.uk is a national website which connect with the global diabetes community. There are forums and chat areas where you can talk with others with the condition, as well as a wealth of useful information.
The Black and Ethnic Minorities Diabetes Association is a charity who supports black and ethnic minority people with diabetes and their carers.
The Patient.co.uk website provide detailed information on Diabetes, Foot Care and Foot Ulcers.
The Easy Health website has gathered together various videos and easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about diabetes.
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