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,
WebsiteDiabetes UK


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]

In 1999, the charity reviewed its services for people in their 20s to 40s, hoping to get more of that age grup 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's first voluntary group was set up in 1939; there are now 350 groups across the UK.


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


The charity has been providing holidays for children since the 1930s.[8][9] Family and adult holidays have been introduced since.[10]

Telephone services

In 1993 the organisation launched an information line for patients, family and friends was launched.[11][12]


Diabetes UK provides funding for United Kingdom-based research into the causes and treatment of diabetes and its complications. The charity's first research grant was made in 1936.[3]

The charity provides financial support for "project grants, funding to purchase laboratory equipment, and research-training opportunities ranging from PhD studentships to research fellowships."[13] In 2011, the charity awarded £1,035,743 to five new research grants, and £440,051 to five new PhD studentships.[14]


Diabetes UK produces a range of information booklets and various magazines, including the magazine "Balance" (formerly The Diabetic Journal), first published in 1935, changing its name to Balance in 1961[3]), and "Diabetes Update" for professionals. It also, via Blackwell Publishing, produces the academic journal, Diabetic Medicine. Previous issues were published by John Wiley and Sons (Volume 1, 1984 to Volume 17, mid2000).

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


In 1999 there was criticism that the association had suppressed a report about the dangers of synthetic insulin.[16][17]

See also


  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. Retrieved 14 February 2019. the British Diabetic Association (BDA)-now called Diabetes UK
  5. ^ a b John Keeler (14 May 2004). Living Life with Diabetes. John Wiley & Sons. p. 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. ^ Court, S (1999). "Diabetic camps — who benefits?". Current Paediatrics. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Give us a break! - G. Hood, 1994. Balance, Feb–Mar: 82–83.
  11. ^ Who cares? We do. - R. French, 2004. Balance, July–Aug: 47–48
  12. ^ Matthewman, Diana (1 August 1994). "Appeals: British Diabetic Association launch new campaign". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  13. ^ http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/About-our-research/
  14. ^ http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Research/Current-research/
  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. ^ Brown, Paul (9 March 1999). "Diabetics not told of insulin risk". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  17. ^ Barnett, Antony (7 May 2000). "GM medicine 'risks the lives of diabetics'". The Observer. Retrieved 14 February 2019.

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