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Diabetes is a condition that causes your blood sugar level to become too high. It is a lifelong condition affecting over 3 million people in the UK. An estimated 630,000 people have diabetes but are undiagnosed.

There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1

Your body is unable to produce insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is less common than Type 2 and can develop at any age. It usually starts before age 40, often during childhood.

Type 2

Your body is unable to produce enough insulin or cannot make the insulin you have work properly.

Type 2 diabetes is much more common than Type 1. About 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2. It usually starts after age 40 although it is now affecting younger people, including children. South Asian, African-Caribbean and Middle Eastern people are at greater risk of having Type 2 diabetes.

Latest treatment research is looking to monitor blood sugar levels and to automatically dose with insulin. This may be in a single unit and will require regular filling with insulin - watch this space.

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