Who Are they?
campaigners, researchers, fundraisers, volunteers,
healthcare professionals and
What do they do?
There are currently
4 million people in the UK living with diabetes.
With an estimated 549,000 people who have
Type 2 diabetes but do not know it,
and further 11.5 million people in the UK are at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes UK provides information, advice and support to help
people with diabetes manage the condition well,
bringing people together for support when it’s needed most.
The charity also works to reduce the rising number of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes by educating people about their risk, encouraging early diagnosis and promoting simple lifestyle changes to
help prevent or delay its onset.
As the largest charitable funder of diabetes research in the UK, Diabetes UK is supporting the projects and scientists that are working towards pioneering breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of diabetes which will eventually lead us to a cure. The charity is the only research funder in the UK dedicated to diabetes alone and allows researchers to ask any question they think is important about any form of diabetes, giving them the opportunity to get their life-changing ideas of the ground.
What is Diabetes anyway?
Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke
People with Type 1 diabetes can’t produce insulin. About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1. No one knows exactly what causes it,
but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable.
It usually affects children or young adults,starting suddenly and getting worse quickly.
People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly (known as insulin resistance). 85 to 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2. Risk factors leading to the development of Type 2 diabetes include being overweight, family history, age, and ethnic background. It starts gradually, usually later in life.