This page outlines the work of the Leeds Health and Care Partnership in relation to diabetes.

Anyone can get diabetes. It is a common and serious condition. Diabetes means a person’s blood glucose level is too high. It can happen when the body:

  • Doesn’t produce enough insulin or,
  • The insulin it produces isn’t effective or,
  • The body can’t produce any insulin at all.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Other types of diabetes include getting diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) and other rarer types of diabetes such as when diabetes is caused as a result of damage to the pancreas (Type 3c), and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA).

In all types of diabetes, glucose can’t get into your cells properly, so it builds up in your blood. Too much glucose in your blood causes many different symptoms and problems such as sight loss and wounds that won’t heal.

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