There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes or early-onset diabetes because it often develops before the age of 40, usually during the teenage years.
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas (a small gland behind the stomach) does not produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. If the amount of glucose in the blood is too high, it can seriously damage the body's organs.
If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections for life. You must also make sure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and having regular blood tests.
In type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to it. This is known as insulin resistance.
Find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/
For information about Diabetes services for children, please visit our children's services pages
Diabetes centre, Smallwood House, Redditch
Fred Holland Centre for Diabetes, Kidderminster
Diabetes Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital