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Diabetes Week

Diabetes Week is an annual highlight in the Diabetes UK calendar. It’s a time when we bring our supporters together to raise awareness of the condition, and vital funds for our work. 

Setting the record straight Diabetes week 12-18 JuneDiabetes Week 2016

Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016

Just about everyone has heard about diabetes. And, with 3.5 million people diagnosed in the UK and a further 549,000 who have the condition but don't yet know it, most of us know a friend or family member living with diabetes. And yet it’s still hugely misunderstood, and there are so many myths and misconceptions out there that this year, the we decided the theme should be Setting the record straight. 

This Diabetes Week we called on everyone we know to share straight talking stories, facts and videos to let everyone know the truth about diabetes. 

We focused on what it’s actually like to live with it every day and talked about the things people with diabetes wish everyone knew about living with the condition. 

Get involved

There were loads of things happening across the UK throughout Diabetes Week, and so many of you got involved - but it's not too late to keep setting the record straight.

  • If you haven't already, why not download our pack of awareness raising posters and fun diabetes fortune teller (PDF, 53KB) to share with your local community to get the message out there to as many people as possible.

  • We still want to hear about your stories and experiences, so join in the conversation #actuallydiabetes 

  • If you're a member of a Diabetes UK local group, you can find more materials on the Portal.

  • Find out about some of the myths that healthcare professionals would like to bust about diabetes care over on our Diabetes Week for professionals page.

Join the conversation

Keep spreading the word by joining in the conversation with us online. We created loads of graphics and videos for you to share last week, and they are all available for download. 

Diabetes truths


Other useful bits

The Patron’s Lunch

Thank you to everyone who signed up to raise money for Diabetes UK by hosting a Patron's Lunch.

This Diabetes Week, we celebrated Our Patron Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. On the 12 June, Her Majesty hosted the largest street party London has ever seen on The Mall, and we invited all of our supporters to join in the fun by holding their own bash.

All the money raised went to our Helpline, a dedicated helpline for people with diabetes and their families.

If you have any questions about Diabetes Week, contact us at diabetesweek@diabetes.org.uk.