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If you have a question about diabetes, you may find the answer you need here in our frequently asked questions. Please select a topic from the menu to find out more.

If you can't find your answer, you can contact one of our team.

Am I at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

There are many factors which can affect your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Finding out your risk only takes a few minutes. It could be the most important thing you do today.

Before you start, grab a tape measure and scales, click on the link below:

https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

What are the benefits of attending Diabetes and You?

Attending Diabetes and You gives you the opportunity to ask questions to the specialist team in diabetes.  You are also given information and a handbook on how to manage diabetes.  It is delivered by a Diabetes Nurses, Dietitian and Podiatrist.

What is a hypo?

A hypo [hypoglycaemia] is a low blood glucose [sugar] level.  Not everyone is at risk of hypos, it depends on you type of Diabetes and you medication.  Ask at the Diabetes and You session or your health professional to find out if you are at risk!

I have just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, what do I do now?

Get booked onto the ‘Diabetes and You’ sessions and find out everything you need to know!

Why should I control my Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious life-long health condition that occurs when the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body can’t use it properly. If left untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause serious health complications.

Do I need to test my blood glucose levels?

Not everyone is at risk of hypos, it depends on you type of Diabetes and you medication.  Ask at the Diabetes and You session or your health professional to find out.

How can I make my favourite recipes more healthy?

There's no need to throw away your favourite recipes and cookbooks just because you have been diagnosed with diabetes – following a healthy eating plan need not involve mastering a whole new collection of recipes.

Find out about more cooking and diabetes, or browse our recipe database for some tasty ideas.

Am I allowed to eat carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are still safe to have, and we do not recommend cutting them out. The most important thing about diabetes is having them in the recommended portion sizes, and picking high fibre versions when you can. Carbohydrates are only an issue when we over-eat them.

The product has sugar in it, what should I do?

Having diabetes does not mean you need to eat a sugar-free diet. Sugar can be used in foods and in baking as part of a healthy diet. However, use sugar-free, no added sugar or diet squashes and fizzy drinks, as sugary drinks cause blood glucose levels to rise quickly.

Find out more about sugar, sweeteners and diabetes.

Can i still drink alcohol?

There is no need to give up alcohol just because you have diabetes. Guidelines ( in line with the rest of the population) are a daily recommendation of one unit for women and two units for men.

Find out more about alcohol and diabetes.

Can I eat fruit?

Fruit is a healthy choice because it is full of vitamins or minerals, however it also has natural sugar (called fructose). You are still allowed to have it in moderation; we advise roughly three portions a day at most)

Are sweeteners safe to use?

All sweeteners sold in the U.K. have gone under intense safety testing by the European Union and are deemed safe to use. They are sugar free and a great lower calorie alternative to table sugar.

Is eating out okay?

Of course you can eat out when you have diabetes, we just recommend that you try to make healthier options when you can, for example, pick a dish with extra vegetables and order a jacket potato to an alternative to chips.

I don’t like the gym; does this mean I can’t exercise?

Any activity or movement is beneficial for diabetes control, regardless if it is in a gym or not. Walking, housework, dancing and all other movement counts as activity.

If a food label says a food is high in sugar does this mean I can’t have it?

You can still have higher sugar foods if you have diabetes, however we advise everyone to pick lower sugar options where possible. You can still have treats now and then, it’s just important to watch how much you are having and how often. You can use food labels to pick a lower sugar alternative. Remember it’s the “total carbohydrate” content that is most important, not just the sugar content.

Do I get free prescriptions?

Yes, if you are diagnosed with diabetes you are entitled to free prescriptions, you will need to complete a FP92A form which you can get from your GP who will then sign and send it off for you.

Do I get free eye tests?

People with diabetes are entitled to free NHS sight tests.

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