Our Understanding Diabetes section aims to provide you with all the information you need to know about diabetes, it's causes, treatments and how we can support you at DRWF. 

Since 1998 we have been helping people live healthier and more comfortable lives with diabetes by educating people on diabetes. 

We provide diabetes and related health information that is relevant, clinically evidenced and up-to- date. 

  • 3,800,000

    3.8 million people are currently diagnosed with diabetes in the UK

  • 1,000,000

    1 million adults are undiagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the UK

  • 415,000,000

    415 million people are affected by diabetes globally and this will likely increase to 640 million by 2040

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Newly Diagnosed

Diabetes is never mild and a diagnosis can be a daunting prospect. But with the right support and advice, it can be managed effectively.

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Information Leaflets

We provide a range of diabetes and related health information for people who live with all types of diabetes.

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Type 1 Diabetes

In type 1 diabetes the pancreas fails to produce insulin, a hormone which transports sugar into the body's cells.

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Type 2 Diabetes

In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas struggles to produce enough insulin, or is producing insulin which cannot be effectively used by the body (insulin resistance).

How We Can Help at DRWF


Each year we run events for people living with diabetes, ranging from educational workshops and wellness events, to fundraising marathons and group skydives. To find out more about our events and how we support people living with diabetes, please visit our Events Page.


Since 1998 we have provided over £12 million of funding for medical research programmes, with the aim of finding a cure for all types of diabetes. In 2004, we made a significant commitment to Islet Cell Research and Transplant, a programme which focuses on the role of islet cells in diabetes. Read more about our commitment to research by visiting our Research Page.


We rely on our amazing donors who raise the funds that help support people living with diabetes across the UK, as well as funding our vital research programmes. There are lots of ways to raise money to support people living with all forms of diabetes, there’s something for everyone! To discover more about fundraising with us, please visit our Fundraising Page

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