When a person first discovers they have diabetes, it is likely to be a life-changing piece of news.
Depending on the severity of the condition, they may have to start wearing diabetic medical alert jewellery, change their diet, consider a new exercise plan or even give themselves daily injections of insulin.
Before a diagnosis, some sufferers may notice changes to their body which signify the occurrence of the condition. These can include increased thirst, extreme tiredness, weight loss, blurred vision and the slow healing of wounds, as well as a need to go to the toilet regularly.
However, as Diabetes which form of the condition they have before they purchase a diabetic ID bracelet. UK points out, people will need to know
While those suffering from Type 1 diabetes are likely to notice these changes in their body develop quickly, even over a matter of weeks, those with the Type 2 form of the disease may not even be aware that anything is wrong.
"If you're older you may put the symptoms down to 'getting on a bit', the organisation notes on its website.
But once the problem has been identified by the doctor what are the differences between the two forms and how are they treated?
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition with which the body's glucose levels are too high, meaning the substance cannot be used properly. This is because insulin is not being made in the correct way by the pancreas.
The Type 1 form of the condition develops when the body's insulin-producing cells have been destroyed and usually occurs before people reach the age of 50, often first being detected during childhood.
In comparison, Type 2 diabetes forms when not enough insulin is produced, or it does not do its job properly. Although this usually appears in people over the age of 40, it is becoming an increasing problem among younger generations.
Of course, whatever form of the condition a person suffers from, a necklace for diabetics helps to advise others of the problem in the event of an accident. This could be a vital, life-saving piece of jewellery, especially if the wearer has fallen into a diabetic coma due to lack of insulin and needs assistance quickly.
Although the onset of the condition is inevitable for some sufferers, others – particularly older generations – can take steps to prevent it, as Peter Ross, chief executive officer of Senior Helpers, advises.
"The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases dramatically with age. It's important for seniors and their families to realise that there are ways to reduce the potential impact of diabetes on quality of life," he says.
Mr Ross suggests that physical activity and eating a healthy diet are the best ways to keep diabetes at bay.
Of course, for some people it is not as simple as this and they have to keep their condition under control with insulin injections. Although they do not cure the problem, they treat it successfully and users commonly have to inject themselves either two or four times a day.
Diabetic jewellery wearers with the Type 2 variation of the condition can also use insulin tablets, which are not available to those with the other form as they are destroyed by the digestive juices in their stomachs.
There are varying types of tablet, each performing a slightly different role, depending on the nature of the sufferer's condition.
Whatever form the illness takes, there is diabetic jewellery suitable for everyone and it may end up becoming an essential part of their life.
Anyone who would like further advice about diabetes, caring for someone with the condition or details on how it can be prevented, should check out the Diabetes UK website.