New research shows many living with diabetes experience emotional or mental health problems as a result of their condition.

Diabetes UK-conducted research of 8,500 people with diabetes across the UK shows that three in five have struggled with mental health as a result of their condition and a quarter of those in London would like support from a local group.

The research also shows that of those surveyed, only three in 10 felt in control of their condition and a third relied on self-help materials such as online videos for support.

In Barnet, the Diabetes UK voluntary group has been running since 1999 to offer emotional support and give space for people with diabetes to share experiences.

Dr Lesley Isenberg, chairman of the Diabetes UK Barnet voluntary group, said: "Living with diabetes can be exhausting.

"People need support to manage a serious health condition and protect their emotional wellbeing and mental health.

"The Barnet support group provides the opportunity to talk about what it’s like to live with or care for someone with diabetes, without blame or stigma.

"It’s a safe space where emotional needs are treated with equal importance to physical needs, and members can talk about diabetes from their own experiences."

The group meet every month in Finchley to listen to speakers who give specific advice on their subject areas, or have an informal pub meeting for the two groups of those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

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