Cumbria Diabetes

Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus.

There are two main types of diabetes:

In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.8 million people. More than 1 million people are thought to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Click here to find out more about diabetes.

How to access support

If you, or someone you know, are worried about diabetes please see your GP.

Click here for a leaflet setting out the services being provided in Cumbria for people with diabetes.

Diabetes Education

Patients will be offered appropriate education programmes to help them understand and manage their diabetes as well as possible. Patients with type 1 diabetes will be offered a place on the DAFNE programme within 3-12 month of diagnosis. Patients with type 2 diabetes will be offered a place on the DESMOND programme within 4-8 weeks of diagnosis. Learn more about DESMOND in Cumbria.

Patients who have not been offered a place can be referred onto either programme by their GP.

Cumbria Diabetes

Cumbria Diabetes helps and supports people who have diabetes.

The overall aims of Cumbria Diabetes are to:

  • Improve the health outcomes for young people aged 16 - 25 and adults with diabetes
  • Reduce health inequalities for people with diabetes
  • To improve the patient experience

The Cumbria Diabetes Service User Group is a group of people who live in Cumbria and have diabetes or care for someone with diabetes. The group's job is to act as a link between support groups and the NHS in Cumbria to ensure that the diabetes services in the county are influenced by the needs and views of people with diabetes and those who care for them, and to represent patient's views and concerns to the NHS where appropriate. Click here to find out more about the group.

National Information:

Latest news

SAFER pregnancies

A new information resource for women of child-bearing age who also have diabetes is now available from NHS Diabetes. This can be accessed via

Diabetes Training For Health Care Professionals

Detail of our rolling training programme delivered across the localities. 

More information on Cumbria Diabetes:

Objectives for Cumbria Diabetes


Walking Away from Diabetes Programme 

Cumbria Diabetes Service User Group

Professional Zone

Cumbria Diabetes Rolling Training Programme


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