Living with diabetes

Diabetes UK offer a large range of information to help you live well with your condition including:

  • Eating healthily as well as recipes

  • Advice about driving
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Treatments

You may have noticed that your diabetes care looks a bit different as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. You need certain health checks when you have diabetes – also called your annual review – read about what care to expect.

You are entitled to free diabetes checks every year – also known as the 15 health care essentials

When you have diabetes, you’re entitled to certain checks, tests and services every year such as eye screening and foot checks. These will help you manage your diabetes and they’re all free – read about the diabetes checks you should get, or take this handy 15 healthcare essentials check list to your GP.

When you are eligible for diabetic eye screening, you will recieve an invitation by letter with a list of screening locations close to your postcode so you can choose where the screening will be carried out. You can also see this list online, and read more about your eye screening appointment.

Understanding your condition - useful resources 

Whether you have diabetes or want helpful tips for a loved one, or need information in different languages, here are a list of useful resources:


NHS Digital Weight Management programme

If you are living with obesity and also have diabetes or high blood pressure, or both, you could benefit from the 12-week programme. It can help you develop healthier eating habits, be more active and lose weight. The programme is available on your smartphone, tablet or computer. 

You can read more about the programme in this leaflet.

Speak to your GP surgery to find out how the programme could benefit you.

If you do not have diabetes or high blood pressure, you may still benefit from the NHS Better Health programme.