For most people, diabetes should
not affect their ability to work. With current treatments, people with
diabetes should be able to do most jobs as well as if they didn’t
Informing your Employer
You must declare
your diabetes if asked about medical questions when applying for a job.
If this is asked, state your type of diabetes and how it is controlled
e.g. Type 2 diabetes, well controlled on insulin.
covered by the Disability Discrimination Act (1995). This protects you
against being refused work or being dismissed solely on the basis of
your diabetes although certain exceptions exist.
treated by diet alone or tablets it is possible to do most jobs provided
there are no serious complications.
With insulin treated diabetes, entry in to certain jobs is restricted.
However, if diabetes develops whilst in a job, it is often possible to
Entry to the following jobs is barred for people on insulin:
The Police, Fire, Ambulance and Prison services; the Armed Forces; the
Merchant Navy; working offshore including catering on channel ferries
or liners; driving jobs requiring a LGV or PSV licence; any Post Office
job involving driving; taxi or cab driving; train driving; airline
pilot, air traffic control, air cabin crew (certain airlines).
If your diabetes
is treated with insulin you may need to plan your injections to fit in
with your job, especially of you do shift work. This can be made simpler
if you have a flexible treatment regime and monitor your blood glucose
Seeking advice and what care to
Your Occupational Health Service, General Practice or
Diabetes Specialist Team will advise you on employment and diabetes
and on adjusting your medication to fit your working pattern. Always
seek advice if you are running into problems with Diabetes and employment.