Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is a British-based patient, healthcare professional and research charity that has been described as "one of the foremost diabetes charities in the UK".[1] The charity campaigns for improvements in the care and treatment of people with diabetes.

Diabetes UK
FounderH. G. Wells, Dr R. D. Lawrence
HeadquartersLondon, offices in Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Warrington, Darlington, Walsall, Witham, Nottingham, Epsom, Taunton,
Members180,000+[citation needed]
Websitewww.diabetes.org.uk/ Edit this on Wikidata


Diabetes UK was founded in 1934 as The Diabetic Association, by the author H. G. Wells and Dr R. D. Lawrence.[2] Diabetes UK's first research grant was made in 1936.[3] The organisation has since had two name changes—in 1954 to The British Diabetic Association and again in June 2000 to Diabetes UK.[2][4][5]

Both founders were living with diabetes, and their aim was to make sure that everyone in the UK had access to insulin, regardless of their financial situation.

In 1999, the charity reviewed its services for people in their 20s to 40s, hoping to get more of that age group involved; at the time, 70% of younger people with diabetes were members but only 5% of people aged 20–40 with diabetes.[6]

As of 2010, the charity's yearly income was £29,334,000.[7]



Diabetes UK provides funding for United Kingdom-based research into the causes and treatment of diabetes and its complications.[citation needed]

The charity's first research grant was made in 1936,[3] which lead to a major discover in how the liver produces glucose.

The charity provides financial support for "project grants, funding to purchase laboratory equipment, and research-training opportunities ranging from PhD studentships to research fellowships."[8][better source needed] The research they fund covers all areas of diabetes, and there have been significant breakthroughs for both Type 1 treatment and Type 2 prevention and remission. They continue to invest more in research in the hope that, one day, they will find a cure.

In 2011, the charity awarded £1,035,743 to five new research grants, and £440,051 to five new PhD studentships.[9][better source needed]

In 2017, they invested over £6.7 million in diabetes research and agreed to support 38 new studies.


Diabetes UK are at the forefront of the fight against diabetes. With the help of their supporters, they've run campaigns like the 4Ts to help raise awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, made sure children get the care they need in schools with their Make the Grade campaign, fight for equality of care and treatment across the UK with their Flash campaign and are working to make the healthy choice the easy choice with their food labeling campaign.


Diabetes UK work with a range of companies, trusts, foundations and philanthropists to help fund research breakthroughs and prevent Type 2 diabetes.

In 2018, Diabetes UK began a new five-year strategic partnership with long-standing partner Tesco, alongside British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK, to tackle the UK's biggest health challenges through behaviour change.

Groups and EventsEdit

They support local groups in all regions and nations that help bring together a sense of community and raise awareness of the condition. Diabetes UK's first voluntary group was set up in 1939; there are now 350 groups across the UK.[citation needed]

As well as this, their work is informed by the Council for People Living with Diabetes and the Council of Healthcare Professionals.


The society runs conferences for people with diabetes, volunteers and healthcare professionals.[5]

Telephone support services and helplineEdit

In 1993 the organisation launched an information line for patients, family and friends was launched.[10][11]

Diabetes UK helpline is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm. And there is an online forum that offers support day and night from others affected by diabetes to offer support and advice.


The charity has been providing holidays for children since the 1930s.[12][13] Family and adult holidays have been introduced since.[14]


Diabetes UK produces a range of information leaflets and booklets that help raise awareness of diabetes, and offer support and knowledge to help in prevention of Type 2 and management of all types of diabetes.

These include the magazine "Balance" (formerly The Diabetic Journal), first published in 1935, changing its name to Balance in 1961,[3] and "Diabetes Update" for professionals.

Via John Wiley and Sons, Diabetes UK produces the academic journal, Diabetic Medicine.

The charity has also published practice guidelines for professionals.[15]


Diabetes UK website links people to clear information available for anyone who needs it. This includes healthcare professionals, parents, carers, and people living with diabetes. Their Learning Zone is an area where through sign up, people can gain access to personalised support and tips in diabetes management from peers.

Since 14 November 2008,[16] the Diabetes UK site has hosted a forum. This was originally under the URL diabetessupport.co.uk. On the 13th of October 2015,[17] the forum had a major makeover to make clear the DUK connection; this involved moving to a new URL (the DUK URL prefixed with "forum"), changing the board logo (including favicon) and colour scheme to match the main site, and upgrading to new forum software.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Clive Petry (2014-02-07). Gestational Diabetes: Origins, Complications, and Treatment. CRC Press. pp. 195–. ISBN 978-1-4398-7997-9. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b Parkinson, Caroline (15 February 2014). "HG Wells: The first celebrity charity campaigner?". BBC News. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c In the beginning… - J. Mace, 1994. Balance, Feb–Mar: 8–14.
  4. ^ Lehmann, ED (2004). "British Diabetic Association review of the AIDA v4 diabetes software simulator program". Diabetes Technol Ther. 6 (1): 87–96. CiteSeerX doi:10.1089/152091504322783477. PMID 15000776. the British Diabetic Association (BDA)-now called Diabetes UK
  5. ^ a b John Keeler (14 May 2004). Living Life with Diabetes. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 119–128. ISBN 978-0-470-87003-7. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  6. ^ Ramrayka, Liza (7 April 1999). "Active service". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Britain's top 1,000 charities ranked by donations. Who raises the most money?". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/About-our-research/
  9. ^ http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/Current-research/
  10. ^ Who cares? We do. - R. French, 2004. Balance, July–Aug: 47–48
  11. ^ Matthewman, Diana (1 August 1994). "Appeals: British Diabetic Association launch new campaign". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  12. ^ Court, S (1999). "Diabetic camps — who benefits?". Current Paediatrics. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  13. ^ Jessica Datta (4 April 2001). Moving up with Diabetes: The transition from paediatric to adult care. JKP. p. 189. ISBN 978-1-907969-44-7. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  14. ^ Give us a break! - G. Hood, 1994. Balance, Feb–Mar: 82–83.
  15. ^ Trisha Dunning (15 April 2008). Nursing Care of Older People with Diabetes. John Wiley & Sons. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-4051-7286-8. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  16. ^ https://forum.diabetes.org.uk/boards/threads/forum-10-years-on-how-it-all-began.75684/
  17. ^ https://forum.diabetes.org.uk/boards/threads/forum-upgrade-important-news.55408/

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