Living with Type 2 Diabetes

In this section, you will find information about living with Type 2 Diabetes



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To download this booklet, click here or collect a hard copy from your GP surgery, this comprehensive booklet contains all you need to know about Type 2 diabetes. When living with Type 2 diabetes it is vital to look after your feet and eye care and address your diet and lifestyle behaviours.


If you need further information or support, please call our helpline on 01 842 8118 (Monday-Friday, 9.00 pm-5.00 pm) or email [email protected].


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