Diabetes - more detail

The risk of diabetes complications may be minimised by having good long-term blood glucose control. Screening is important to allow for early detection of possible developing complications.

Children with diabetes generally do not become unwell any more frequently than children without diabetes. But, when a child with diabetes is unwell, they need extra care and attention from an adult who has received training from a specialist diabetes team.

People with type 1 diabetes mellitus need insulin therapy to replace the insulin that the body can no longer produce. People with type 2 diabetes may also need insulin.

Hypoglycaemia happens when the blood glucose level is less than 4 mmol/l, or where symptoms of hypoglycaemia are experienced at a level close to this.

People with diabetes can travel just the same as people without diabetes. But, you will need to do some formal planning to make sure travel plans include management of diabetes.