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Welcome to the Global Diabetes Community

The World Health Organization estimate that over 382 million people worldwide including 4.05 million people in the UK have diabetes, a metabolic disorder affecting blood sugar levels. is your resource for information on type 1 and type 2 diabetes, diabetes symptoms and diabetes treatments. is a community of people with diabetes, family members, friends, supporters and carers, offering their own support and first hand knowledge.

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After diabetes diagnosis, many type 1 and type 2 diabetics worry about their life expectancy. With good diabetes control, there is nothing to worry about.
Artificial pancreas systems are being studied as a possible treatment option for people with type 1 diabetes.
Lowering carbohydrate consumption can help lower blood glucose levels for people with diabetes. It is helping to bring type 2 diabetes into remission for thousands of people.
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High blood glucose levels over time can lead to a number of eye problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Recommended blood glucose level ranges for adults and children with type 1, type 2 and without diabetes.

Blood glucose converter
Convert blood sugar/glucose from mmol/L (UK standard) to mg/dL (US standard) and vice versa using our blood sugar converter.
Diabetic food
Convert between the DCCT (%) and IFCC (mmol/mol) measurements. Download a free chart which converts HbA1c in % units to mmol/mol and vice versa.
Diabetic food
Food labelled as 'diabetic food' is generally considered a gimmick to push food to people with diabetes and often has laxative effects on those who consume too much of it due to the sugar substitutes that are commonly used.
Travel insurance
Travel insurance for people with diabetes is often loaded with higher premiums due to people with diabetes having a higher risk.
World Diabetes Day
Each year, World Diabetes Day takes place on November 14th, and is co-ordinated by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
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Diabetes forum app
Over 103,000 people have downloaded the Diabetes Forum App for iOS and Android. What are you waiting for - it's free!
Driving with diabetes
There are a number of free welfare benefits that may be available to people with diabetes, regardless of type, if complications lead to difficulty in daily life. All people with diabetes in the UK are entitled to free eye checks and all people on diabetes medication should receive free prescriptions.
How to treat a hypo
Hypos are periods of low blood sugar. Although common, it's important to know how to act if you or a family member has a hypo.