The lowdown on diabetes | Benenden Health

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas – the organ that regulates levels of blood sugar – stops working properly. There are two main types:

Type 1

Affecting around 10% of people with diabetes, type 1 is thought to be an autoimmune disease that cannot be reversed, and is treated with daily insulin injections.

Type 2

The body stops responding properly to insulin, so glucose (sugar) builds up in the blood, causing damage to blood vessels. Type 2 usually appears in people aged over 40, although it is becoming increasingly common in younger people. A healthy diet and weight can reduce the risk of developing the condition.

  • 10% of NHS spending now goes on treating type 2 diabetes and its effects

  • 15 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

  • Over the past 30 years, the estimated prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the UK has grown from 0.5% to 6%

  • 5 million people are thought to have type 2 diabetes, but remain undiagnosed


Worried about diabetes? Benenden can help with a health assessment

As a Benenden member, you can help reduce the risk of preventable conditions such as type 2 diabetes – and save money – when you book a health assessment.

The society offers a range of assessments, giving you the opportunity to understand your health. With five levels of health assessment to choose from, you can find the best option to suit your needs and offer peace of mind.

How does it work?

After speaking to a specialist adviser, you will be offered one-to-one time with a healthcare professional at a conveniently located UK clinic or hospital. Your appointment will be followed up with a personalised report with recommendations on how you could improve your health and wellbeing.

What to do next

Order online

Visit here for more about health assessments and to arrange an appointment online.

Book by phone

Call 0800 414 8486 to speak to a specialist adviser and make an appointment.


For further information watch our short video on Type 2 diabetes here.