Just one in five people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes over the past four years feel they have it under control, research has found.
National Diabetes Audit data has shown that 22.4% of Type 2 diabetes sufferers for up to four years, thought to be about a million people, meet recommended levels for blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Diabetes UK are now holding a series of free events at 80 locations across the UK to educate sufferers.
Chief executive Barbara Young, said: "Unfortunately, a big part of the reason that so many people with Type 2 are starting off on the wrong path is the lack of available diabetes education.
"This is why we want the NHS to give every person with diabetes the chance to have this kind of education."