By Rachel Martin, Improving Care Manager – Northern & Yorkshire

Diabetes UK are the UK’s leading diabetes charity, aiming to create a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest-growing health crisis of our time, affecting more people than any other serious health condition in the UK – more than dementia and cancer combined.

The effects of diabetes are more serious and widespread than most people understand. Even though 500 people die prematurely because of diabetes every week, fewer than 20% of people in the UK believe it’s a serious condition.

It’s expected that 5.5 million people will be affected by diabetes by 2030; a generation of people are facing even more harm.

But the future is also full of opportunity. Technology and clinical breakthroughs could practically end the harm diabetes does within a generation.

What motivates us every day, and what drives us forward are two ambitions. The first is that people will live well and long with diabetes, the second is that their diabetes will be cured or prevented.

Over the next five years, we will be working towards five outcomes which will help us achieve our ambitions.

  1. More people with Type 1, Type 2 and all other forms of diabetes will benefit from new treatments that cure and prevent the condition.
  2. More people will be in remission from Type 2 diabetes.
  3. More people will get the quality of care they need to manage their diabetes well.
  4. Fewer people will get Type 2 and gestational diabetes.
  5. More people will live better and more confident lives with diabetes, free from discrimination.

The Diabetes UK regional team in the North will be working hard towards achieving these outcomes, but to do it we need your help and support.

We can offer information and support to help you fight diabetes locally, through your own work and organisations.

If you are interested in working with us please contact us on 01925 653281 or [email protected]

The Leeds Diabetes UK local group is also a fantastic resource, providing opportunities to meet other people living with diabetes in Leeds, to become involved in local activities, and to share information, experiences and support. They can be contacted on [email protected]

Living with diabetes is hard, but there is hope now like never before. Together we will take big steps towards making people’s lives healthier, easier, better, longer. We know diabetes is relentless, but so are we.

For more information about diabetes and the charity’s work, visit www.diabetes.org.uk

Our Helpline staff are on hand to give information and advice on all aspects of living with diabetes. Call us for answers, support or just to talk to someone who knows about diabetes.

Call: 0345 123 2399*, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

Email: [email protected]

People can also access support through our online forum: www.diabetes.org.uk/how_we_help/community/diabetes-support-forum

*Calls to 0345 numbers cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and must be included in inclusive minutes on mobile phones and discount schemes. Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute while calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute. Calls from landlines and mobiles to 0345 numbers are included in free call packages. Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes.