Find out about prevention, risks and local courses to help control type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is characterised by high blood glucose levels, caused by a defect in insulin secretion or insulin action, or both. A lack of insulin is usually type 1 diabetes, and insulin resistance is usually characterised as type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke. There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop type 2 diabetes. However, evidence exists which shows that many cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable.

Could you be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases if you are overweight or obese and is linked to your BMI and waist measurement. Try the NHS Healthier You online assessment to find out if the risk could affect you.

Find out your risk of type 2 diabetes

You can substantially reduce your risk of developing diabetes by living a healthy lifestyle, including being more physically active and eating a healthy diet.

You can see experiences of people living with type 2 diabetes on the website. You can also see the experiences of young people with type 1 diabetes

If you drive, you may need to tell the DVLA about your diabetes, depending on how it's treated and the licence you have. See the GOV.UK - diabetes and driving web page for more details.

Local support and services

A range of courses are available according to what area you live in, to help with the self-management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes:

  • Brief intervention in type 1 diabetes, education for self-efficacy (BITES) - a three-day advanced self-management course for patients on a multiple injection insulin regime;
  • Dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE) courses; and
  • carbohydrate counting workshop - this workshop provides patients on a multiple injection insulin regime with the skills required to calculate the amount of carbohydrates in their diet and adjust their insulin regime accordingly.

Type 2 diabetes

  • The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.

  • Course are available across North Yorkshire if you are interested in getting involved in your local scheme, please contact your GP. For more information on this initiative visit the preventing diabetes page.

Please contact your local area contact to see what is available near you:

Your local area Details of diabetes support

The X-PERT Diabetes Programme is for patients with type 2 diabetes, either newly diagnosed or who have had the condition for a long time. People can be referred by their GP, practice nurse or other health professional or sign up for it themselves by contacting the team based at Horton Park Diabetes Centre on 01274 323729. The aim is to support participants with setting realistic goals and making changes to their lifestyle, such as what they eat and increasing their activity level.

Patients from Dyneley House Surgery and Fisher Medical Centre in Skipton can join the Diabetes Support Group to learn how to live well with diabetes. For further information call the Health Promotion Officer on 07591 067930.

Harrogate Contact the Harrogate diabetes centre on 01423 555345 for details of the services on offer and current courses.
Hambleton and Richmondshire Contact the Hambleton and Richmondshire diabetes centre on 01609 764810 for details of services and current courses.
Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Contact the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale diabetes centre on 01723 368111 for details of any services or courses on offer.
York Contact the York diabetes centre on 01904 726510 for details of any services or courses available.

Diabetes - frequently asked questions

NHS Health Check

If you're aged 40-74 without a pre-existing condition, ask your GP about the NHS Health Check, a free five-yearly mid-life MOT to identify those at risk of serious, but potentially avoidable, conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.

Additional information from NHS Choices

See the NHS Choices pages below for more information on diabetes:

Other useful sources of information