EarlyBird Diabetes Trust

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  • Over 2.3 million people in the UK are now diabetic
  • Another 750,000 have diabetes, but don’t yet know it
  • By the time diabetes is diagnosed, half will already have ‘complications’

Diabetes – a 21 st century epidemic

Diabetes and its complications are fast becoming the UK’s No. 1 health threat, soon to outstrip smoking-related diseases, cancer and drugs.

Type 2 or so-called ‘adult’ diabetes, is by far the commonest form of diabetes. It’s hugely on the increase – teenagers and even children are now getting it.

It is said that this will be the first generation where a significant number of parents will outlive their children – a chilling prediction indeed. We need to find out why.

Why is type 2 diabetes a problem?

Type 2 diabetes is more serious than people think because of its so-called ‘complications’, blindness, kidney failure, amputation, heart attack and stroke.

When does type 2 diabetes start?

The seeds of type 2 diabetes are almost certainly sown in early childhood, long before the symptoms become obvious. In some, the ‘fuse’ leading to diabetes will burn very slowly, in others, it will burn more rapidly. We need to know how to put it out before diabetes develops. Crucially, we need to know what ignites it in the first place.

Prevention is better than cure

By looking closely at a single group of children, as they grow and mature, doctors will have a better understanding as to why some people, and not others, develop diabetes. Importantly, it will help them prevent it in those who are most at risk.

Charity begins at home

Without doing something, your own child has a 1 in 5 lifetime risk of developing diabetes with it attendant complications of blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and so on.