There are two main types of diabetes – Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have Type 2.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it does produce doesn’t work properly. It can be a combination of both.
For more information on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, visit the Diabetes UK links below.Type 1 diabetes Type 2 Diabetes
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
If you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you may be able to join your FREE local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This programme is up to 16 weeks of tailored support to help you improve your diet, get more physically active and lose weight (where appropriate).
Find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If you’re at moderate or high risk, you could self refer. Make sure you also tell your GP. You may also be invited to the programme by your GP.
Please note that GP and pharmacy teams may be very busy at this time.Find out your risk NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
Advice on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, information on Body Mass index and tools to help you manage your weightWeight Management
Smoking and Diabetes
Smoking is a known risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. In addition smoking can lead to multiple complications of diabetes and there are important benefits of stopping smoking among people with diabetes. Read this factsheet from ASH for more information.
Type 2 diabetes Peer Support
If you have Type 2 diabetes, Brigstowe’s peer mentor service can help you take control of your health.
Their peer mentors also have Type 2 diabetes and want to meet with you to share their own experience of living with the condition. They will provide you with information and support to help you learn more about diabetes and live well.
You can meet with the same mentor weekly who will:
- Listen to the challenges or obstacles you may have
- Share their own experiences with you of what has helped them
- Provide you with information about type 2 diabetes
- Support you to identify goals and work towards them together
- Our mentors can offer both in–person and online support
Already have a diagnosis of diabetes and/or hypertension?
The NHS Digital Weight 12 week Management Programme supports adults living with obesity who also have a diagnosis of diabetes, hypertension or both, to manage their weight and improve their health. Your GP or pharmacist can also refer you so ask today.
Please note that GP and pharmacy teams may be very busy at this time.