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Diabetes Matters: Our programme about diabetes

Diabetes Matters

We’ve partnered with ITN Productions Industry News to produce Diabetes Matters, a programme that marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and explores post-pandemic diabetes care and the developments being made to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.

Hosted by presenter Alice Beer, Diabetes Matters features diabetes experts along with informative interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles. 

Diabetes Matters premiered live on our Facebook, but if you missed it, you can watch the video below.

Chris Askew OBE, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, joined Alice Beer to discuss how we’re addressing the increasing challenge of diabetes. He also spoke about what the future holds in terms of treatment and support for diabetes. He said:

“New projections we’ve published indicate that by 2030 5.5m people could be living with diabetes. That's a huge increase, so we really have to act now to tackle that.

“We are calling on UK governments to make that vital investment in prevention. Before the pandemic we were seeing a start in investment in services and support to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes. But we really need to see that investment increased.”

Parent and influencer, Simon Hooper, known as Father of Daughters on social media, also talked to Alice about finding out that his 11-year-old daughter Marnie has type 1 diabetes.

Simon spoke about the impact this had and the support available to her and the family. You can watch a clip of his chat with Alice below: 

We also looked at the breakthrough discovery of insulin and the ground-breaking new research, such as immunotherapies and beta cell replacement, being looked into today. We explored this by speaking to our Head of Research Communications, Dr Lucy Chambers, and Professor of Immunotherapy at King’s College London, Professor Tim Tree.

ITN Productions Industry News have worked with a number of partners who have made this programme possible, whose editorial content also featured in the programme.

Managing Diabetes – Supporting Mediaplanet

We have also supported the Managing Diabetes campaign, which launched on the 14 November within the Guardian newspaper.

Managing Diabetes features a range of articles about diabetes and includes contributions from our Head of Research Communications, Dr Lucy Chambers, and our Head of Policy, Campaigns and Mobilisation, Helen Kirrane. Also featured is cricketer and Diabetes UK ambassador Jordan Thompson, who discusses his experiences as a sportsperson living with type 1 diabetes.

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