Diabetes is a condition that makes it difficult for the body to use the glucose (sugar) in the blood.
It is estimated that 200,000 people in the Republic of Ireland have diabetes. This number is expected to increase because our population is growing and ageing, and obesity rates are rising. If you are older and overweight, you are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
This booklet has been developed to help answer your questions about diabetes, to explain the different types of diabetes and to outline how you can effectively manage your diabetes.