Help and support for Diabetes

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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
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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.
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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
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You can find diabetes in the Health A-Z section.
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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 opens link in new window

NHS smokefree
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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 Quality Standard for Diabetes

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We are grateful for the generous support of Dr Naim Dangoor CBE
and the Exilarch Foundation

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