According to the charity Diabetes UK, more than two million people in the UK have the condition and up to 750,000 more are believed to have it without realising they do.
More than three-quarters of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes mellitus. This used to be known as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or maturity-onset diabetes mellitus. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing as it commoner in the overweight and obese, which is itself a growing problem.
The remainder have type 1 diabetes mellitus, which used to be known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
Type 1 diabetes will require immediate insulin therapy, Type 2 diabetes will first be managed with a drug called Metformin, if lifestyle changes alone aren’t effective. There are now several other drugs used in type 2 diabetes, although eventually some type 2 diabetics will need insulin therapy as it’s a progressive disease.
Type 1 Diabetes – An excellent resource with useful information and references relating to Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes – A useful resource regarding Type 2 Diabetes.
Diabetes UK – Largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition. They also offer guides on living with diabetes for children, teens, and young adults.
NHS Choices – Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Diabetes
Voyage MD Provides travel advice and information for those traveling with diabetes.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.