Check if you have type 2 diabetes

Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising. This is because they may not always notice any symptoms.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include:

You're more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you:

The Know Your Risk tool from Diabetes UK can help you find out your risk. You can enter information including your ethnicity, age, height, weight and waist measurement, and it will give you an assessment of your personal risk of developing type 2 diabetes and advice about next steps.

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:

  • you have any of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes
  • you're worried you may have a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes

You'll need a blood test, which you may have to go somewhere else for, such as your local health centre or hospital, if it cannot be done at your GP surgery.

The earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treatment started, the better. Early treatment reduces your risk of other health problems.

Page last reviewed: 22 December 2023
Next review due: 22 December 2026