Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose level is too high. It can happen when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it produces isn’t effective. Or, when your body can’t produce any insulin at all. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. 

When you’ve got type 1 diabetes, you can’t make any insulin at all. If you’ve got type 2 diabetes, it’s a bit different. The insulin you make either can’t work effectively, or you can’t produce enough of it. They’re different conditions, but they’re both serious. 

Other types of diabetes include gestational diabetes, which some women may go on to develop during pregnancy. And there are many other rarer types of diabetes such as type 3c and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) too. 

In all types of diabetes, glucose can’t get into your cells properly, so it begins to build up in your blood. And too much glucose in your blood causes a lot of different problems. To begin with, it leads to diabetes symptoms.

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Blood Glucose/Ketone Meters and Lancet Guidance 

New West Yorkshire guidance for Blood glucose/ketone meters and lancets has been approved and is available at: Medicines information :: West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership (wypartnership.co.uk).  

The guidance is based on recent commissioning recommendations from NHSE following a national assessment of blood glucose and ketone meters, testing strips and lancets (link). The recommended meters, strips and lancets have passed a rigorous evaluation process ensuring that only the best of the highest quality and, cost-effective devices are approved.

Clinician Resources 

To see the full range of FREE booklets we have available, please go to: Independent diabetes trust resources  

https://www.iddt.org/publications

Patient Information

What is diabetes? Diabetes – NHS

Diabetes UK Diabetes UK – Know diabetes. Fight diabetes. | Diabetes UK

Diabetes resources – adult  Diabetes resources for adults

Diabetes resources – child  Diabetes resources for children and young people

Leeds Community Healthcare Diabetes Team

Our service is only for people who have type 2 diabetes.

LCH Diabetes Service

[email protected] Tel: 0113 843 4200