Diabetes is a chronic disorder in which the body does not produce or use insulin effectively. It is not curable for most people, but treatments include medication, lifestyle adjustments, and management of diabetes’ various complications. The main aim of diabetes treatment is to return blood sugar to a safe threshold and reduce the risk of complications while helping a person with diabetes to resume daily function. I tell my patients that it is not their doctor or other healthcare professional that has to look after their diabetes on a day to day basis. It is the patient themselves who must manage and cope with their condition daily. Decisions are taken every day by patients with diabetes that can significantly affect their health and well-being.