Type 2 Diabetes Xplained


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Type 2 Diabetes Xplained

Here you will find what you need to know about Type 2 Diabetes and its management through a variety of interactive stories and videos.

Whānau Health Diary

Meet Hare & Lisa

Hare's Story

Hare was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2007. His doctor sent him along to a free diabetes information class, which he found answered a lot of questions he had. He feels that every person with Type 2 Diabetes should know that they are not alone and to talk with other people who have diabetes and share their experiences.

Lisa's Story

Lisa has been a diabetic for more than 20 years. It wasn’t until she lost her vision 3 years ago that she began to take it seriously. “I have Diabetes, it doesn’t have me” is the way she lives each day now. Winning the battle every day can be a struggle, but winning the war on Diabetes is the reward.

Take Control eBook

A guide to help you understand Diabetes and Insulin Therapy

Hypo’s Xplained Story

Experiencing low blood glucose levels can be concerning, but being knowledgeable and prepared can keep you safe.

Medicine X Story

Working as a medical doctor, Medicine X founder, Kim Chilman-Blair realised that far too many people are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. The language that doctors use, and what everyday people understand can be two totally different things.

Here at Medicine X, we believe that everyone should feel informed and empowered so they can engage with their doctors and be involved in making medical decisions. That’s why Medicine X isn’t just another boring and complicated fact sheet – we explain medical issues through stories based on real people. It’s relatable, simple, and gives you the information you need.

We hope this helps you on your journey!

About Type 2 Diabetes Xplained

Real People

The Type 2 Diabetes stories and videos are real people, Hare and Lisa reflecting their stories, experiences and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create the Xplained series!

Our Team

The Medicine X team are doctors, artists, and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Everything is correct and up-to-date!


Type 2 Diabetes Xplained has been reviewed by experts in the field to ensure all of our medical content is accurate, up-to-date and relevant.

Meet the Xperts!

Check out the line up of who have been involved with Type 2 Diabetes & Hypos Xplained!

Photo of Dr Rinki Murphy

Dr Rinki Murphy MB CHB 1999 Auckland; FRACP 2005


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Photo of Dr Michelle Downie

Dr Michelle Downie Diabetes Specialist


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Photo of Dr Rick Cutfield

Dr Rick Cutfield Diabetes Specialist,
MB CHB 1977 Auckland; FRACP 1983


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Rab Burton Diabetes Specialist


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Photo of Dr Helen Snell

Dr Helen Snell

Nurse Practitioner

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Photo of Kirrily Chambers

Kirrily Chambers

Pharmacist and Diabetes Educator

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Laura Nairn


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