If you have Type 1 diabetes you will need daily insulin injections, eat a healthy diet and take regular exercise.
If you have Type 2 diabetes the most effective treatment is weight loss or weight control, managed by eating healthily, reducing portion sizes and increasing activity and movement. Most people will require medication and insulin is one of the treatment options for Type 2 diabetes.
You will also have an annual appointment to test your eyes for diabetic retinopathy. This is a common complication of diabetes that, if not treated, can lead to blindness.
If a problem is detected you will be referred to see an eye specialist (ophthalmologist).