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Highlights from Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2019

Introducing the Diabetes UK Professional Conference: Online Series 

Following the cancellation of our conference in Glasgow, we're hosting a range of virtual seminars and masterclasses about coronavirus and diabetes care from 13 October to 25 November 2020. 

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14 March 2019

This year's Diabetes UK Professional Conference was packed with exciting announcements and new resources. Here are some of the highlights from the three days. See the 2019 Professional Conference Award Winners

Day 1


  • The latest DiRECT results were announced, suggesting Type 2 diabetes doesn't have to be a lifelong condition for everyone - after two years, more than a third of people were in remission.
  • Experts delivering DiRECT advised the initial weight loss phase, involving a low calorie diet, was just the beginning of the programme, and long term commitment to keep the weight off was very important. 

  • A new Information Prescription on Type 2 diabetes remission was launched. It's in a consultation phase and your feedback is welcome via the survey link printed on the bottom of the document. 

  • We were updated on progress towards the prevention of Type 1 diabetes, including the latest from Professor John Todd on a world-first trial that’s giving oral insulin to babies. 

  • Our new guide for diabetes and emotional and psychological support was released.

Day 2


  • Deborah Wake presented the future of diabetes education in a virtual format after being invited to 10 Downing Street to celebrate women in innovation. The audience were treated to footage of Deborah's travel to see the Prime Minister and the latest in diabetes education. 
  • A packed session revealed how a simple C-peptide test could help get the diagnosis right and asked is it time to measure C-peptide in all insulin-treated patients? 

  • Precision medicine is in the pipeline and it could transform diabetes care.

Day 3


  • We kicked off International Women’s Day with Professor Rebecca Reynolds delivering the RD Lawrence lecture on maternal obesity and future health. 
  • Our Primary Care Course saw its highest ever attendance and had a fantastic speaker line up. 

  • Hot topics: from diabetes subtypes to managing cardiovascular risk in Type 1.

Diabetes UK Professional Conference - Insider Day

Back for a second year, our event for people with diabetes was a success allowing networking opportunities and the chance to learn the latest about diabetes. 


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