The Make Type 2 Diabetes Different campaign, initiated and funded by Novo Nordisk, aims to help people with type 2 diabetes and the public understand the condition, and how making small lifestyle changes could help people to manage it.

In the UK, type 2 diabetes is between 2.5 to 5 times more common in people of South Asian ethnicity than in people of white European ethnicity, and it may develop up to ten years earlier than the general population. 

The resources on this page have been adapted or translated to be more relevant to people with type 2 diabetes from South Asian communities in the UK. 

On this page you will find:

  • A simple, downloadable ‘Goal Setting Guide’ to help people set realistic goals 
  • A video explaining insulin resistance, translated into Punjabi and Bengali
  • A video explaining how making small lifestyle changes could help people to control their type 2 diabetes, translated into Punjabi and Bengali

The information included on this page is for general information and is not a replacement for medical advice. Always consult your healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet, exercise, or management of your type 2 diabetes.

Insulin is the main hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes is a condition which means your body does not respond properly to the insulin it produces (known as 'insulin resistance'), and/or it cannot make enough insulin. This leads to high levels of sugar in your blood, which is known as hyperglycaemia. 

In this video, available below in English, Bengali and Punjabi, GP Dr Amir Khan explains what insulin resistance means and why, if you have insulin resistance, making small changes to your lifestyle may help to manage it.

In this video, available in English, Bengali and Punjabi, GP Dr Amir Khan explains how starting with small changes to your lifestyle could help give you the confidence and motivation to manage your type 2 diabetes.

This booklet offers useful guidance about healthy eating choices for people from South Asian communities with type 2 diabetes. This booklet could be a great starting point to start thinking about making changes to your diet.

This booklet is in English.

Click here to download the booklet from the Diabetes UK website

This webpage provides tips for how to make your favourite South Asian recipes healthier, without losing the great flavours of traditional meals

This page is in English.

Click here to view South Asian recipe tips

This webpage provides Diabetes UK’s key diabetes patient information and education resources in several different languages, including English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu.

This page is in English, with translations in the above languages included.

Click here to view the translated resources

This webpage provides more information about why people of South Asian ethnicity have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and outlines lifestyle changes which can help to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

This page is in English.

Click here to find out more

This webpage includes information about the impact of type 2 diabetes on emotional health, and things that you can do to help you cope with being diagnosed, living with diabetes and diabetes distress.

This page is in English.

Click here to visit the webpage

Dr Amir Khan was paid by Novo Nordisk for his input into the development of the resources on this webpage. The Make Type 2 Diabetes Different campaign and expert steering committee were initiated, organised and funded by Novo Nordisk. All steering committee members were paid for their involvement in the campaign.

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