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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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Meet our researchers

Meet some of the researchers, PhD students and fellows who are undertaking diabetes research with funding from Diabetes UK, and find out more about their work.

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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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03 April 2020

In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we’re making £100,000 available for scientists to study how coronavirus affects people living with diabetes.

It’s never easy living with any type of diabetes. But we know right now many will be especially worried about their own or a loved ones’ health.

13 March 2020

We’re getting two new research projects off the ground to improve how we care for people with diabetes and eating disorders.

We’re supporting these projects thanks to the diabetes Clinical Studies Groups (CSGs).

11 March 2020

Researchers funded by us have found that children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes under the age of seven appear to have a different form of the condition to those diagnosed aged 13 or above.

The team at the University of Exeter have shown for the first time that children who were diagnosed at younger ages can’t process insulin properly and their insulin-producing beta cells are destroyed rapidly.

17 February 2020

Around 25% of people with type 1 diabetes have reduced awareness of the symptoms of low blood sugars.

We know that if you have repeated hypos, you’re more likely to stop noticing when you go low. But we don’t yet fully understand why people lose their ability to sense hypos.

31 January 2020

In 2019, we committed over £6.8 million into over 35 new research projects all across the UK.

In 2015, Diabetes UK and JDRF came together to establish the Type 1 Immunotherapy Consortium, led by Professor Colin Dayan at Cardiff University.

16 January 2020

Islet transplants are currently used as a treatment for people with type 1 diabetes who are hypo unaware, but they fall short of a cure. A new study from the University of Edinburgh could be key in making these transplants more effective.

Hypo unawareness is a condition that affects some people with type 1 diabetes that makes it hard to know when your blood sugar levels fall dangerously low. If you’re unaware of hypos, you can't treat them quickly when they occur to get back into a safer blood sugar range.

20 December 2019

Our DiRECT trial continues to build our understanding of how type 2 diabetes develops, and what happens when people go into remission.

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Professor Roy Taylor and the team have been studying people who took part in DiRECT – both those who did and didn’t go into remission.

29 November 2019

Our researchers have found hypo unawareness may disrupt blood flow to areas of the brain involved in decision making and attention in people with Type 1 diabetes.

A team at King’s College London, led by Dr Pratik Choudhary, think these changes may be why some people stop being able to feel low blood sugars and treat them.

01 November 2019

Scientists from the UK and Israel will join forces to carry out pioneering research into the relationship between diabetes and ageing. The projects could help people to avoid developing Type 2 diabetes in later life and help people with Type 1 diabetes to stay healthy as they get older.

We’re co-funding new cutting-edge research projects with the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange (BIRAX).

22 October 2019

A group of Diabetes Scotland supporters were invited to visit research labs at University of Edinburgh recently to find out more about Diabetes UK-funded research.

Among the group were some of the charity’s most passionate and dedicated fundraisers. Without this support, we would not be able to fund the ground-breaking research leading us towards better prevention and treatment of diabetes and, eventually, a cure.

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