Diabetes is a serious disease. It can lead to kidney failure, blindness and limb amputation. Heart attacks are three times more common in people with diabetes. So-called ‘adult’ diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and is now beginning to affect teenagers and children. If nothing is done to halt the rise in diabetes, 1 in 5 of today’s children is likely to get diabetes in their lifetime. That is why 300 schoolchildren and their families are taking part in the EarlyBird Diabetes Study, a 12-year project to find which factors in childhood lead to the development of diabetes in later life.
EarlyBird is a unique and important study, based in Plymouth but with nationwide implications for the early prevention of diabetes – but it costs £260,000 a year to run. We need your support and that of your friends, families and employers.