To mark World Diabetes Day, we carried out one of our largest ever surveys to find out what you think the future of diabetes care should look like.
We spoke to 350 people from across Wales to share their experiences of living with diabetes, and their hopes and fears were for the future.
The impact of diabetes on emotional wellbeing stood out as a major factor, with 67 per cent of respondents from Wales saying that they often or sometimes feel down because of their diabetes. A third said diabetes got in the way of them doing things they wanted to do, and less than a third said they definitely felt in control of their diabetes.
Making a difference
Our National Director, Dai Williams, said, “We know how much of a difference it can make to speak to others who understand what you are going through, so we want to see a system where specialist support – from people who understand diabetes – is available to those who need it.
“We hope this report shines a spotlight on the things that can, and must, change in Wales, to give people living with diabetes a brighter future.”