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What we do at Diabetes UK




Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest-growing – health crisis of our time

There are currently 4.6 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and 12.3 million more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well. As a society we need to work together now – and take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition.

As the UK’s leading diabetes charity, our mission is that by bringing people together to work in partnership, we will support those living with diabetes, prevent Type 2 diabetes, make research breakthroughs, and ultimately find a cure.

Our strategy clearly outlines what needs to change and how Diabetes UK can make this happen. We hope to inspire all of you – people with diabetes, volunteers, healthcare professionals, donors, commercial partners and the staff of Diabetes UK – to help us meet these challenges.

It’s only with your generosity, and that of the organisations that support and fund our work, that we can achieve these goals and realise our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

More about our work and impact

  • Care and support

    We provide information, advice and support to help people manage their diabetes effectively and confidently.
  • Our campaigns

    We campaign with and for people with diabetes to improve the quality of care across the UK’s health services, so that everyone affected by the condition gets access to the best treatment and standards of care. 
  • Our research

    We are the UK’s largest charitable funder of diabetes research, funding pioneering research into care, cure and prevention for all types of diabetes. 
  • Prevention

    We work to halt the rising number of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes by educating them about their risk, encouraging early diagnosis and promoting simple lifestyle changes to help prevent or delay its onset. 
  • Communities

    We are committed to communicating about diabetes to people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups.
  • Healthcare professionals

    Together with our network of over 10,000 professional members and diabetes specialists, we share knowledge to improve the lives of people with diabetes.
  • Our volunteers

    We couldn’t do it without our volunteers – a diverse network of individuals and groups whose time and support make our work possible.

We promise to involve and include people affected by and at risk of diabetes to help us shape our services and work.

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