Diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose level is too high. There are two main types, Type 1 and Type 2. They’re different conditions, but they’re both serious.

Use the Know Your Risk tool to help calculate your own type 2 diabetes risk score. It only takes three minutes.

For all the latest information about diabetes that you need to know please visit Diabetes UK.

Information about the coronavirus vaccine

We know that this is a worrying time and that lots of people are asking for information about the coronavirus vaccines and what it means for them.

You can find out what we know about the coronavirus vaccines, including how they work and when they will be available for people with diabetes by visiting: www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus-vaccines

If you have diabetes, we strongly encourage you to get the coronavirus vaccine and take whichever vaccine you're offered. This is because people with diabetes are vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they do get coronavirus, and vaccines are the most effective way to prevent that from happening.

Your diabetes care during coronavirus

A new print and web resource to help people with diabetes understand what care they should be receiving during the pandemic is now available. It’s called ‘Your diabetes care during coronavirus’.

A PDF copy is also available: www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/15-healthcare-essentials

This new resource will replace the 15 Health Care Essentials while coronavirus continues. This is because a lot of the things that Diabetes UK recommend in 15 Health Care Essentials in terms of screening and regular checks aren’t happening in the same way, or at all, at the moment. 

The free print leaflet will be available to order from the online shop in the next week.

New advice for people preparing for remote appointments

Diabetes UK are offering advice to people with diabetes who are preparing for remote appointments: www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/preparing-remote-appointments

Ongoing advice and support

Please remember that people can continue to access information and support through the following channels:


Diabetes UK’s regional Facebook Group - Diabetes Chat: Your friend in the North: www.facebook.com/groups/193410685443622
Diabetes UK’s Helpline: Call: 0345 123 2399*, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Calls to 0345 numbers cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and must be included in inclusive minutes on mobile phones and discount schemes. Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute while calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute. Calls from landlines and mobiles to 0345 numbers are included in free call packages. Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes.


Diabetes UK’s coronavirus advice web pages: www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus

Diabetes UK’s Learning Zone: www.diabetes.org.uk/learn