I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes when I was 55. I went into a complete panic. I spent four years wandering around on my own.
No one mentioned a course to me until I heard about DESMOND at a Diabetes UK event. After that I chased after my doctor and got him to put me on it.
Once you begin to understand your diabetes you can control it better.
In DESMOND there are other people in the room with the same problems. You think you're alone in your symptoms and how you are feeling but you are not. Talking together was really rewarding. You begin to feel less lonely, less isolated. Suddenly you know you're not alone, you have people to share this with.
I think going on a course is essential. You see your doctor once, twice maybe three times a year. But diabetes is a daily event. You're only going to be able to manage your condition once you understand your diabetes. And you need education to do that.
If you don't get offered a course by your doctor ask to go on one.