Living with Type 2 Diabetes

In this section you will find information about living with Type 2 Diabetes. You can learn via our Diabetes Smart online programme or you can read the content in this section.

Diabetes SMART 5 modules

front page of Living Well with Type 2 diabetes


Click on Image to download book  or collect a hard copy from your GP surgery.

This comprehensive booklet contains all you need to know about Type 2 diabetes.

Living with Type 2 it is vital to look after your eyes and feet and address your diet. Visit our Care Centre Pages  to see the services we provide to reduce the risk of complications with Diabetes.

If you need further information or support please call our helpline on 1850 909 909 (Mon-Fri, 9-5pm) or email

  • Are you living with type 1

    Managing your diabetes

    There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Find out more on how to manage your diabetes here. 

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  • Food groups

    Food and Diabetes

    When you have Type 2 diabetes your nutritional needs are the same as everyone else—no special foods or complicated diets are needed.

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  • Exercise


    You’ll benefit from exercise in a number of ways. It’ll lower your blood glucose, your treatment will work more effectively and you may lose some weight. Here you will find some useful tips for exercising with diabetes. 

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  • Complications


    The development of diabetes complications may depend on how long you’ve had diabetes and on your diabetes management over the years. Keeping your blood glucose under tight control helps to prevent or delay complications.

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  • Driving

    Driving and Type 2 Diabetes

    In this section you will find information and guidelines for driving with diabetes. 

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  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions

    Living with diabetes can affect many day to day aspects of your life and leave you with many questions. In this section we aim to answer as many of those questions as we can.

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  • Teaching you the skills to manage Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes

    Diabetes Education Programme

    CODE is Diabetes Ireland’s  group education programme for people with Type 2 Diabetes or with a diagnosis of prediabetes. If your GP tells you that you have prediabetes, he/she may ask you to consider lifestyle and dietary changes and return to the clinic at a later date for another blood glucose test. This warning provides you with... View Article

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    Type 2 Diabetes – Reversal with Lifestyle Change

    MEET DAMIEN – (2004 – 2013) Doing no exercise, 19 stone in weight, a smoker, on medication for gout and blood pressure, diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and  taking Diabetes medication to reduce the damage caused by high blood glucose to his eyes, heart, kidneys, limbs in fact, the entire body. Damien’s diabetes consultant was not a... View Article

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