Help and support

There is a lot of information and support available for people with type 2 diabetes. Some of the support depends on the area you live in.

Take a course to help you manage your diabetes

Completing a diabetes support course is now recommended as a key part of your treatment. There are free courses available to you across the country. These courses can help you look after diabetes and your health.

Read more about diabetes support courses

Free online education course

‘Diabetes Smart’ is a free short online course on type 2 diabetes. This is offered by Diabetes Ireland and is available at Diabetes Education

The Diabetes Smart course can help you start learning about how you can treat and manage type 2 diabetes.

The 55 minute long course has a series of short videos on topics such as ‘what is diabetes’, ‘healthy eating’, ‘physical activity’, ‘medicines’ and 'diabetes complications'.

It is a useful way to start understanding the condition and your key role in treating it. But it is still recommended to complete one of our recommended diabetes support courses.

If you complete the Diabetes Smart course, before you attend a diabetes support course or diabetes appointment you can have your questions ready to be answered.

HSE Live

The HSE Live team can help you with any questions or queries you may have about diabetes services and support available. Call 1800 700 700 from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday or email

Schemes and allowances

HSE Live can answer queries on your entitlements and allowances such as the Long Term Illness Scheme, GP Visit cards and Medical cards.

Diabetes Ireland

Diabetes Ireland is a national charity dedicated to providing support, education and motivation to people with diabetes.

Services include access to:

  • patient support via the diabetes helpline - 01 842 8118
  • information and leaflets and online support at
  • community based patient education conferences and courses
  • diabetes healthcare professionals in Cork and Dublin. These include podiatry, dietitian, counselling services and audiology
  • local support groups and branches

Contact Diabetes Ireland on 01 842 8118 or email: or read more at

Websites to support your treatment of diabetes

There is a lot of information available on and other websites to help you treat and manage your diabetes. A variety of heath promotion leaflets can be downloaded or ordered at


Ask About Alcohol
Alcohol Helpline (HSE) 1800 459 459

Eat healthy foods

Healthy Eating Active Living
For more information on eating healthy visit the Safe Food website
RTE operation transformation website
Safe Food - Cooking and recipes
Diabetes Ireland recipes

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

Diabetic Retinascreen
Free call 1800 454 555

Medicine support

Mental health

Minding your well-being - free online course
Your mental health
Stress coping skills
Stress Control

Quit smoking
National quitline 1800 201 203

Physical activity

Local Sports Partnerships
Get Ireland Active
Get Ireland Walking
Explore Coillte forests
Discover Ireland

Weight loss

Weight loss support Operation Transformation
For more information on eating healthy visit the Safe Food website

Slaintecare logo
This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 9.