A major health crisis is unfolding right now.
We’re seeing the diabetes crisis worsen at breath-taking speed and we urgently need to fund more research. the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled in 20 years, help us today by making a donation to help us tackle it head on.
As you may well know, life for people with diabetes involves working hard all day, every day to stay healthy and stop diabetes from triggering serious health problems, like kidney failure or amputations. Someone with diabetes is 20 times more likely to experience an amputation than someone without diabetes. The threat is very real, but many people simply don’t understand just how serious complications can be. For people like Janet Richards, the consequences are devastating.
Janet's problems started when she got an ingrown toenail. Traces of neuropathy (loss of sensation) weren’t highlighted properly in her hospital file, so when the podiatrist treated her, things went badly wrong and gangrene set in, which led to an infection.
Losing toes first, then having a below knee amputation six days after my 40th birthday was a tremendous shock to me. After it healed, I had to learn to walk again.
I've grieved for my lost leg. I don't want anyone else to lose limbs like this. So now I'm raising awareness of the shocking number of amputations that take place every week.
Janet's dad was diagnosed with Type 2 shortly before she was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 12. He died in 1998 after having both legs amputation. He was only 56.
It's because of people like Janet and her dad that we're fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm. And we need your help more than ever.
Pioneering research can make all the difference to the lives of people with diabetes. People like you have already helped bring about life-saving innovations like setting up the first Diabetic Foot Clinic. With a whole expert team working together, the number of amputations at the clinic was halved within three years. And we’ve been improving foot care nationwide ever since. But we need more research to tackle this crisis head on.
We rely on your generous support to invest in better care and pioneering research. Any gift, big or small will make a major difference.
Thank you for your invaluable support.