Diabetes is a chronic condition caused by the body's inability to process sugar, or glucose, in the blood. Sugar is usually broken down by insulin, a hormone in the body, and diabetes means that the body doesn't produce enough of this hormone, if any at all.
There are two main types: Type 1 diabetes affects around 15% of those that have the condition, affects people who are under 40 and tends to run in families. Type 2 diabetes is far more common, and tends to affect those over 40, and is often associated with being overweight.
Both types are on the rise throughout the world. In Wales, around 5% of the population are known to have the problem. The links below give you sources of more infomation and support for this condition.
Practical support and information about diabetes, including details of local support groups across Wales. The helpline is for those who live with the condition, as well as family, friends or carers.
0345 123 2399
Extensive, good quality health information usually provided by GPs and nurses during consultation.
NHS Direct Wales is a 24 hour helpline, which can give advice about health and health services across Wales. It is staffed by experienced nurses specially trained to give advice over the phone and provide information about all your local services.