In Diabetes Week, (June 14-20), Diabetes UK would like to remind Harrow readers living with diabetes that they are not alone when it comes to managing their condition.

We are here to help and there are lots of ways we can offer support.

Many people can feel overwhelmed and very concerned by the possibility of life-altering complications.

But strong evidence shows that once equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage their condition effectively, people with diabetes can improve their quality of life and reduce their risk of developing complications.

Access to support and education services helps people to increase their confidence in managing diabetes. We also know one size doesn’t fit all, which is why we offer support in lots of different ways.

For example, at our free Living with Diabetes Days, health professionals deliver expert workshops and information is given about the practical elements of living with Type 2 diabetes, such as diet, exercise and driving.

If you prefer to learn online, our informal course helps people with Type 2 diabetes to understand and manage their condition.

Or if you prefer to pick up the phone, our confidential helpline staffed by professional counsellors with extensive knowledge of diabetes.

We also have peer support and online communities and brilliant care events for young people with Type 1 diabetes, all of which offer the chance to learn from others.

Find out more about the support, advice and education Diabetes UK offers at diabetesweek

Roz Rosenblatt

Diabetes UK London regional manager