Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our time. Each year we invest millions of pounds into pioneering research, support 10’s of thousands of people through our Careline (a dedicated diabetes helpline for all people with diabetes, their friends, family, carers and healthcare professionals), and organise events for young adults, children and their families affected by diabetes.
We know that our work helps millions of people, as can be seen from the fact that our site received over 5 million visits in 2014, and our ground-breaking research has the potential to help millions more worldwide. With over 4 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and over 400 million worldwide, the work we do; from helping people understand how to control their condition to searching for a cure, is pivotal. It’s a serious condition that leads to devastating complications. Every week diabetes leads to 135 amputations, causes countless heart attacks and strokes, and is the cause of 65 early deaths.
That’s why our support is so vital, to help people manage their condition well, and to reduce their risk of developing heart-breaking complications, or to help them avoid getting Type 2 diabetes in the first place.