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our areas of work

As the UK’s leading diabetes charity, it’s our job to tackle the diabetes crisis. We’re here to prevent Type 2 diabetes, campaign for and support everyone affected by diabetes, and fund research that will one day lead us to a cure.


We are fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes is a serious and often hidden condition, so without access to crucial information and support people experience life-changing and potentially fatal complications. 

All our work is made possible thanks to our supporters who offer their time, their donations and fundraising to help us find reach a world where diabetes can do no harm.


Put diabetes at the top of the political agenda

4.9 million people are living with diabetes in the UK. We fight to get everyone the care they need wherever they live – including diabetes tech free on prescription.

Support or advise anyone affected by diabetes

You can ask us questions on our helpline, use our online forum or join a local diabetes support group.

Research a better future for people with diabetes

We made possible the discovery of the first insulin pen and the recent huge steps in putting Type 2 diabetes into remission.

Volunteer with us and make a real difference to your community

Share your existing skills or learn some new ones. You'll be part of something very special. We’ll support you all the way.

Keep healthcare professionals up-to-date to improve care

Offer advice and information on best practice, latest treatments, medical alerts and research findings.

Work with the NHS to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes

An estimated 13.6 million people in the UK are at increased risk of of developing serious health conditions, including type 2 diabetes. We've helped create a national programme for high risk patients to help them lose weight and become more active.
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Producing diabetes information

Find out how we make sure the diabetes information you get is clear, clinically accurate and involves you.
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Medals for living with diabetes

To recognise the courage and perseverance of living with diabetes, we award medals to people who have lived with the condition for many years.
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Our history

Find out the history of Diabetes UK and the ground-breaking work we have done since 1934.
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