Diabetes and your choice of job
Diabetes may be misunderstood and feared by some employers. If you are the right person for the job in all other respects, it is important that you can show that having diabetes will not make a difference to your work. You need to have stable diabetes control and be able to adjust your diabetes treatment around your working day if necessary.
Diabetes UK believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity to apply for employment and each individual should be treated on his or her own merits.
If you are on diet alone or diet and tablets, most jobs are possible providing you do not have complications of diabetes.
The situation is different for people treated with insulin. If you are treated with insulin the occupations that you cannot enter at present are:
In some of the above occupations, if you are already employed when you develop diabetes it is sometimes possible to continue. It is important to check with your employer if you are changing from tablets to insulin therapy.
You may need to plan your insulin injections to fit in with your job, especially if you work shifts. This is much easier if you are on a flexible injection regime and do regular blood tests. Your diabetes team can help you plan this.
What to tell your employer
If problems arise, discuss with your manager, the Occupational Health staff or your Diabetes Team.
Further confidential advice can be obtained from the Diabetes UK Careline,
020 7424 1030 (voice) or 020 7424 1031 (text)
Careline counsellors are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Careline callers can also access an interpreting service, which offers a bank of interpreters in up to 100 different languages. Callers simply telephone Careline and leave their name and telephone number, identifying what language they wish to converse in. Within the space of just a few minutes, a three-way telephone link with the caller, a Careline counsellor and an appropriate interpreter will be set up.
Please allow 21 days for a response.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow 10 working days for Careline to respond to your enquiry.
Diabetes UK – Scottish Branch
140 Sauchiehall Street
0141 332 2700