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Diabetes UK is a national charity offering written information in English and many other languages to help people understand and live with diabetes. They have a comprehensive website and a Careline staffed by counsellors. They can also put you in touch with your local support group where you can meet and share experiences with others who have diabetes.


You must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if your diabetes is treated with insulin. You must also tell them if it is treated with tablets and you have a relevant condition or complication. It is advisable to also notify them if you take tablets but don’t have any relevant condition or complication as you could develop a condition such as diabetic retinopathy without knowing. Notifying them also gives them a chance to tell you what you may need to inform them about in future. You do not need to inform them if you have diabetes treated by diet alone.

Further information

Diabetes UK
Careline: 0845 120 2960
Diabetes UK is a national charity working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

DirectGov website
This government website contains useful information under the heading ‘travel and transport’. Follow the link ‘motoring’ and you can find out more about reporting a medical condition to the DVLA. You may prefer to do this by calling on 0300 790 6806 rather than by email, as internet security cannot be guaranteed.

NHS Choices website
You can find diabetes in the Health A-Z section.
For information about the help you can expect from the NHS go to  and
For information about Living with diabetes that includes hearing stories from people with diabetes, joining in a Diabetes blog and allows you to create your personal ‘information prescription’ go to

NHS smokefree
NHS free smoking helpline 0800 022 4 332
NHS smokefree can provide information support available to help you stop smoking – whetherit’s the first time you’ve tried or have tried before.

NICE Guidelines: CG87 Type 2 diabetes, what you can expect from the NHS and CG10 Type 2 diabetes: prevention and management of foot problems.
Website:  and
The patient versions of these guidance documents can be found under the heading Understanding NICE guidance.
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Advice line:
08000 223 444

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