Diabetes UK held its first Frontiers in Diabetes meeting this week. The event looked at generating practical strategies for the prevention of Type 2 diabetes in the UK.
The two-day meeting combined the knowledge and ideas of UK and international academics with those of policymakers, funding agencies and people with – and at risk of – Type 2 diabetes. Participants examined the barriers to Type 2 diabetes prevention and how they can be overcome.
Addressing the Type 2 epidemic
Two million people in the UK have Type 2 diabetes and more than 500,000 have the condition but don’t know it. Over the next 20 years, the number of people with Type 2 diabetes across the world is expected to double.
Frontiers in Diabetes: Prevention of Type 2 diabetes is just one way in which Diabetes UK is working with key stakeholders across the world to tackle the Type 2 diabetes epidemic. We want to identify and prioritise specific research questions that need answering in order to successfully prevent the condition.
Outlining prevention strategies
The outcomes of this week’s meeting will be published later this year. They will outline practical strategies for preventing Type 2 diabetes in the UK and influence both Diabetes UK’s and other major funders’ research priorities in the future. It is hoped that more Frontiers in Diabetes meetings will take place over the next few years to address outstanding questions in other key areas of diabetes research.