Diabetes UK becomes an affiliate of Our Future Health

News – 8 September 2022
Diabetes UK joins as an affiliate charity of Our Future Health.


One in 15 people in the UK have diabetes, including one million people who have type 2 diabetes, but haven’t been diagnosed. It is a condition where blood glucose levels are too high. It can happen when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it produces isn’t effective. Or, when the body can’t produce any insulin at all.

Diabetes UK is leading the fight against the UK’s biggest and growing health crisis. They   campaign for and support everyone affected by diabetes, and fund research to understand the causes of diabetes, bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention and bring us closer to a cure.

Long-term health conditions like diabetes take a heavy toll on people’s physical and mental health. We need better ways to detect who is at risk of developing all types of diabetes, and why, so that we can prevent it from developing in the first place. We also need new ways to spot and prevent the complications of diabetes, to stop the harm the condition causes.

Affiliate charities

Our Future Health is joining with many of the UK’s leading health research charities who are providing valuable support and expertise to help develop Our Future Health. They will make a big impact in allowing us to ultimately change the way we prevent, detect and treat diseases.

Andrew Roddam, CEO of Our Future Health, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Diabetes UK as we reach an exciting milestone in our programme. We look forward to working with them to ensure Our Future Health enhances and extends opportunities in diabetes research, to help the huge proportion of the UK population impacted by this condition.”

Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: “We’re delighted to work with Our Future Health to support the development of this unparalleled health research programme, which aims to help researchers make new discoveries that will shape the future of how we prevent and treat diabetes, and other serious long term health conditions, in the UK.

“We want a new and different future for people living with, or at risk of, diabetes. Our Future Health will play an important role in speeding up research progress so we can create a detailed picture of how and why the condition develops and how to stop it in its tracks.”

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