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Diabetes is a common life-long health condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high because the body cannot use it properly. 

There are two main types of diabetes:

Type 1 – where the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin.
Type 2 – where the pancreas doesn't produce enough.

For more information on Diabetes visit NHS Choices or Diabetes UK.

Want to learn more about how to Live Well with Type 2 Diabetes?

The Community Diabetes Recommended Education in Type 2 Diabetes (CREDIT) programme aims to support you in making decisions about the day to day management of your diabetes; whether this is diet, tablet or insulin controlled.

Funded by Mid Essex CCG and run by Provide CIC, the CREDIT programme is informal and allows you to share your experiences with others while getting great tips on care from different health professionals.

Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had Type 2 Diabetes for many years, CREDIT gives a fresh new approach on how to live well.

With small groups, the programme is friendly, relaxed and runs locally in Braintree, Maldon, Witham, Halstead and Chelmsford.

It’s free and easy to join – no need for your GP to refer. Just call Provide on 0300 131 0111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Diabetes and Mental Wellbeing

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with this health condition for a long time, managing diabetes can be tough. Some people report feeling overwhelmed having to manage their medication and attend medical appointments. Others report finding it difficult to make some of the lifestyle changes necessary to cope with diabetes.

It is very common to feel worried, anxious or low mood at times, however having diabetes does not mean you shouldn't be able to live well and enjoy life. 

Health in Mind are working alongside GPs and health professionals in mid Essex to provide better support to patients with diabetes. Treatment offered includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is effective at reducing symptoms of low mood, anxiety and other emotional problems. 

For more information and details of how you can self refer click here