Is there a cure for diabetes?

At this time there is no known cure for Types 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. However we are funding pioneering, life-changing research into care, treatment and prevention and working to find a cure for all types of types of diabetes.

Is there a cure for diabetes? Video chat with Dr Alasdair Rankin

How is diabetes treated, and is there a cure?

Currently, there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, but it can be treated successfully by administering insulin, either by an injection or pump, and by following a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular physical activity. Looking after diabetes requires planning and attention, which may feel over-whelming at times, especially when your child is first diagnosed. However, there’s no reason for it to stop your child living the healthy, happy and successful life you had hoped for them.

 

Diabetes UK funded projects

  •  development of an artificial pancreas, a vaccine (Type 1 diabetes)
  •  further understanding of genetic mechanisms, very low-calorie diet (Type 2 diabetes)

Research Project Directory

Our research project directory showcases the diverse and exciting array of diabetes research projects that we are supporting all over the UK.  Everything you see is possible thanks to the continued support of our members, donors and voluntary groups – who help us decide which studies deserve the charity's support and help raise the money that is vital to research.

  • Ever since Diabetes UK awarded its first research grant in 1935 (for £50), we have been one of the largest funders of diabetes research in the UK.
  • We support a wide range of pioneering initiatives into the causes and prevention of diabetes, improvements in care and treatment and the search for a cure.
  • A particular focus for 2012-13 has been our targeted research fund, from which we have awarded five new grants that will make a difference to people with diabetes by overcoming barriers to good diabetes care and supported self-management.

Note: You can search for projects in this directory based on the type of research involved or the region or institution where they are taking place – why not find out more about the research projects taking place near you and consider supporting them through our Adopt a Project scheme.