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As the largest charitable funder dedicated to diabetes research in the UK, we are highlighting one of our inspirational female researchers on International Women’s Day.

Dr Najma Siddiqi, clinical senior lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, demonstrates how research is changing people’s lives, in keeping with the annual day’s 2017 theme, #Be Bold for Change.

Dr Siddiqi is working with Dr Jo Taylor on a Diabetes UK-funded study to understand the impact of diabetes on people living with mental health conditions, in order to find better ways to support them in future.

She said:  “We’re incredibly grateful to Diabetes UK for their support, and hope our work will help to make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes and mental illness in the future. We know that living with diabetes can have a huge psychological impact, but we need to understand how it affects people already living with mental health conditions too.”

We fund 54 female scientists who are working to change the lives of people with the condition. We have been funding ground-breaking research for 80 years and it has been instrumental in improving diabetes care and moving us closer to a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes is a huge and growing problem in the UK which costs the NHS a 10of its budget each year. If not managed properly, it can cause serious consequences for people living with the condition. Complications include sight loss, limb amputation and kidney failure. 

In the UK, there are more than 4.5 million people who have diabetes. Of this, more than 1 million people are believed to have undiagnosed Type 2 and  11.9 million people are at increased risk of developing it.  

Diabetes UK’s Research Communications Manager, Dr Emily Burns, said: “All of our fantastic researchers play a vital role in helping us to know diabetes, and fight diabetes. This International Women’s Day, its theme of Be Bold for Change, we recognise the achievements of our amazing researchers, who have had a huge impact on the treatment of diabetes. They will continue to be leaders in the world of diabetes research and care. There are of course many more people doing incredible work and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for everything they do.”

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