Diabetes is the number one health threat in
Right now there are 2.9 million people living
with the condition. Estimates suggest a further 850,000 people have diabetes
but are unaware, or have no confirmed diagnosis.
Another seven million people are at high risk
of developing Type 2 diabetes, and the numbers are rising dramatically every
year. If current trends continue, by 2025 five million people in the UK will
Contrary to prevailing public belief,
diabetes is a serious condition. Each year 75,000 people with diabetes die as a
result of the condition or related complications, which is 24,000 more than we
would expect. Diabetes is also a leading cause of blindness in people of
working age, and a main contributor to kidney failure and amputations.
Half of all deaths from diabetes result from
cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. The widespread and
rapidly growing scale of Type 2 diabetes is alarming, as are treatment and care
Last year, NHS spending on all diabetes
conditions topped £10 billion. Of this £8 in every £10 went on managing
complications that are, with good preventive care, avoidable.
Diabetes UK relies on your support. We do not receive any government funding.
- We help people manage their
diabetes effectively by providing information, advice and support
- We campaign with people with diabetes and with
health care professionals to improve the quality of care across the UK’s health
- We fund pioneering research into care, cure
and prevention for all types of diabetes
- We campaign to stem the rising tide of
By walking/running for Diabetes UK you can be sure
that every pound will be spent wisely.
Please download our "Where your money goes” document for further
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