Find out the latest from the world of diabetes research – news, new projects, updates and blogs from researchers.


Diabetes UK research spotlights

Some highlights from the diabetes research projects we are funding. You can also browse and search our full directory of research projects.

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Watch our research Q&As

Meet some of the researchers we’re funding, as they answer your burning questions and tell us more about their work in our series of live Q&As.

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Diabetes research blog

The Diabetes UK Research team bring you the latest news and views on our funded research, as well as responses to media stories about diabetes research, while our guest bloggers take you behind the scenes of their own research.

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Our research's impact

Have a look at the breakthroughts that have been made, and the impact we've had, over the last 80 years.

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Latest news

13 September 2021

Our Diabetes Research Steering Groups, involving people with diabetes, researchers and healthcare professionals, have written a new paper.

Technology plays a key role in diabetes care. In the 1980s, the introduction of insulin pens and handheld digital blood glucose meters allowed people living with diabetes to manage their blood sugars more easily.

21 July 2021

Diabetes-UK funded researchers have developed a new method to assess the health of bones in Charcot foot, a serious complication of diabetes, which could help healthcare professionals to better protect foot health

One of the common complications of diabetes is neuropathy, where high blood sugars cause damage to the nerves. Neuropathy in the feet can result in a loss of feeling, so damage to the bones can go unnoticed.

14 July 2021

A new study shows that people of South Asian and African/African Caribbean ethnicity with type 2 diabetes are less likely to be prescribed statins – a medication that reduces the risk of heart diseases, like heart attack and stroke.

Every week, diabetes causes 530 heart attacks and 680 strokes in the UK.

06 July 2021

The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has decided more evidence is needed in order to approve a new, world-first treatment for type 1 diabetes.

A breakthrough type 1 diabetes drug has faced a delay in becoming the world’s first new treatment since insulin to be licensed. The FDA decides if new, experimental treatments are safe and effective and should be given outside of clinical trials in the US.

01 June 2021

New findings from our DiRECT study show that the low-calorie type 2 diabetes remission diet can help some people manage their blood pressure and possibly even reduce or end the need to take blood pressure medication.

In 2017, the first-year results from our DiRECT study showed that it’s possible for some people to put their type 2 diabetes into

14 May 2021

We’re delighted to appoint four new diabetes experts to lead the Diabetes Research Steering Groups (DRSGs). DRSGs bring together people living with diabetes, healthcare professionals and diabetes researchers.

Dr Abd Tahrani will be leading the DRSG that focuses on the prevention of type 2 diabetes and what new treatments can be developed.

10 May 2021

Diabetes UK has joined forces with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to fund a new £2.1 million project led by Professor Kamlesh Khunti from the University of Leicester to prevent heart disease in people with type 2 diabetes who have had a diabetic foot ulcer.

Foot ulcers affect over 50,000 people with type 2 diabetes in the UK.

30 April 2021

Over the last two weeks, our professional conference (DUKPC) has brought us incredible developments in diabetes research.

The pandemic is negatively impacting young people with diabetes

Diabetes is relentless, and new research presented at DUKPC shows that the coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated the challenges faced by teenagers and young people with the condition.

29 April 2021

Scientists have been busy sharing more of their latest findings during our professional conference (DUKPC).

New clues on the link between type 2 diabetes and dementia
27 April 2021

As we kicked off week 2 of our professional conference (DUKPC), scientists brought us trailblazing updates in progress to prevent type 1 diabetes.

Preventing the type 1 immune attack
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