New statistics show diabetes in the UK continues to rise

14 November 2015        

Category: Research

Man having a blood glucose meter test

This World Diabetes Day, we’re announce new GP patient figures surrounding diabetes and that we're funding an extra £3 million worth of research into diabetes and heart disease.

Diabetes is a condition which involves high levels of sugar in the blood due to problems surrounding a hormone called insulin. According to our new data, nearly 3.5 million UK adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. Since 2005, the number of people diagnosed has increased by over 65 per cent. 

Diabetes can encourage the build-up of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries, the vessels which supply the heart with oxygen-rich blood, which can lead to coronary heart disease. This increases a person’s risk of a deadly heart attack or stroke

Power in numbers

To help reduce the number of people at risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, we are part of a national charity partnership with Diabetes UK and Tesco. The partners have made a three-year promise to help millions of people eat better, get active and make healthier choices. We also plan to continue funding pioneering research, like Dr Richard Cubbon’s at the University of Leeds, to help better treat those with diabetes.

Dr Cubbon has received £180,000 of funding to look at new ways of treating the blood vessel damage associated with diabetes. The research is part of a £3 million boost, which means the BHF now funds over £27 million of research into diabetes. 

Why does this research matter?

Talking about his research, Dr Cubbon said: “We are currently unable to reverse blood vessel damage caused by diabetes. We’re studying a protein which could be involved in blood vessel repair, which could lead to new drugs that help prevent the deadly heart attacks and strokes associated with diabetes.” This important research could help people like Feebee. 

Feebee's story

Feebee Cox, aged 43 from Warwick, was diagnosed with type two diabetes in 2013. More recently her partner Lawrence was also diagnosed with type two diabetes and has had two heart attacks.Feebee Cox

“It’s scary to think how much more likely I am to have a heart attack because of diabetes. It really helps that Lawrence and I can support each other on this journey, but any new treatments that can be discovered to further reduce my risk of a heart problem would be hugely comforting.”

Watch our video for Lyn's story living with type two diabetes.

As part of our new research strategy, we aim to fund more than half a billion pounds of new cardiovascular research. However, we’re only able to fund this research with the continued support of the UK public and our loyal supporters.

Help us to continue funding crucial research into diabetes and cardiovascular disease.