The Make Type 2 Diabetes Different campaign aims to help people with type 2 diabetes and the public better understand type 2 diabetes, how it is linked to emotions and how making small changes could help to better control the condition.

The Make Type 2 Diabetes Different campaign and the Make Type 2 Diabetes Different expert steering committee were initiated, organised and funded by Novo Nordisk. All steering committee members were paid for their involvement in the campaign. 

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

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 the video above, Dr Amir Khan and his colleagues explain what insulin resistance means, and why, if you have insulin resistance, making small changes to your lifestyle may help you to better manage your condition.

If you feel like your type 2 diabetes is impacting your emotional health, you are not alone. In this video, Dr Jen Bateman explains how the two are linked and what you can do to help look after your emotional wellbeing.

Don't forget that if you have type 2 diabetes, talking about how you are feeling with your family, friends or healthcare professionals can really help, and can ensure you get the support you need.

If you are supporting someone who is living with type 2 diabetes, remember it may not always be easy for them to talk about how they are feeling, but by being there to listen when they do feel ready, you can help them to relieve some of their day-to-day frustration and process their thoughts. 

To help make a difference to type 2 diabetes, you can start by making small changes to your lifestyle.

Watch this video with Dr Amir Khan about how you can start.

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Dr Sarah Schenker, Dr Jen Bateman, Jan Procter-King and Dr Amir Khan were paid by Novo Nordisk for their input into the development of the resources on this webpage.