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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

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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31 March 2021

New research from RD Lawrence Fellow Dr Lee Roberts reveals more about how the body burns fat, which in the future could pave the way for new therapies to protect against obesity and type 2 diabetes.

There are different types of fat cells in the body. White fat cells store energy as fat, while brown fat cells regulate body temperature by “burning” stored fats, helping us to keep warm. A third type of fat cell, beige fat, can act as both white fat cells and brown fat cells.

05 March 2021

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of insulin, but a century later, it remains the only treatment option for people with type 1 diabetes. However, change is on the horizon.

In 2019, researchers from the international TrialNet group found that an immunotherapy drug called Teplizumaub could delay a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes by two years, in people at

10 March 2021

Over 1.3 million people who have diabetes in the UK are over 70, but there’s currently very little research on managing diabetes in older people. We plan to change that.

In the UK, nearly 40% of people with type 2 diabetes and 10% of people with type 1 are over the age of 70. We know that diabetes complications, like heart attacks and strokes, are more common in older age groups.

02 March 2021

As a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), Diabetes UK researchers have a new way to share their work with the scientific community that’s low cost, fast, and transparent.

We want to make sure that the research we fund benefits people with diabetes as soon as possible.

02 March 2021

Harry Keen Intermediate Clinical and RD Lawrence fellows are eligible to sign up to the Academy of Medical Sciences mentorship programme, to get career development support from senior academics.

2020 was a challenging year for us all, including the research community. Between projects being delayed or paused and scientists shifting to new ways of working, it’s been difficult to keep things moving forward.

11 February 2021

Research we're funding sheds light on how the balance of different types of insulin-producing beta cells is key to blood sugar control.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the beta cells in the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range. There are different types of beta cells. Mature beta cells make up the majority and produce high levels of insulin.

11 February 2021

New research we fund by a PhD student may improve how we identify who is at risk of diabetic retinopathy, which could help to prevent life-changing loss of vision.

Our research may improve how we identify who is at risk of diabetic retinopathy. 

09 February 2021

Most people, including those living with diabetes, will experience mild or moderate symptoms from coronavirus. But we do know that people with diabetes are at higher risk of ending up in hospital wit

New research, funded by us, has now told us more about how much type 2 diabetes adds to the overall risk of dying from coronavirus at different ages.

04 February 2021

Despite the unprecedented challenges that 2020 presented, Diabetes UK has committed over £3 million to fund 22 new pioneering research projects across the UK.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the charity sector is facing huge drops in income.

20 January 2021

Our scientists have found a better way of transplanting islet cells, paving the way for wider use of this treatment.

Islet transplants are used to help people with type 1 diabetes who have very severe

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