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.

Some facts;

  • Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes
  • There are 3.9 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK
  • This figure has more than doubled in the last 20 years. If current trends persist, 1 in 10 people will develop Type 2 diabetes by 2035.

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

Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious condition but there are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing it.

If you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you may be eligible to join your free local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. This programme can support you to improve your diet, get more physically active and lose weight (where appropriate) to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The first thing you need to do is to find out if you are at risk of developing the condition. If you’re at moderate or high risk, you may be invited to sign up to your free local Healthier You service. You may also be invited by your GP.

Find out your risk NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Weight Management

Advice on achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, information on Body Mass index and tools to help you manage your weight

Weight Management

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
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