Research to prevent diabetes complications | Diabetes UK

Research to prevent diabetes complications | Diabetes UK

February 12, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


My name is Corinne Wykes, I have
type 2 diabetes and I’ve had that for over thirty years. It was found out by accident. I was
having some tests done to get life insurance and they found out
that I’d got sugar in my urine and then they did a blood test. And there was no care that I was aware of 30 years ago,
there just wasn’t. And if it was it was just usually
your blood glucose. It’s the thought of complications
is what makes me want to look after my diabetes. I’m absolutely terrified of going blind and I’m absolutely terrified of losing my feet. I’m Professor Helen Colhoun I’m Professor of Medical Informatics and
Epidemiology here at the University of Edinburgh and I lead a programme of research into
diabetes and its complications. We have come a long way I
think in addressing many of the complications of diabetes. Some of the
research that we do here actually monitors the trends in complications over time
and we can see that cardiovascular disease rates have come down substantially in
people with type 2 diabetes and indeed in people with type 1 diabetes. Amputations aren’t as common as
they were previously and rates of advanced eye disease
are coming down The new funding from NHIR and Diabetes UK is to fund research to explore
why some people appear to be much more vulnerable to diabetes complications than others –And I think research is an
excellent way forward. And I think if I was to speak to speak to a researcher about
improving diabetes care I think the first thing I would like to make
sure is that people are informed people knowing that there are complications and
knowing what they can do about them. We do know that actually if you have very
regular participation in healthcare and if preventive therapies are
introduced early and the risk factors are managed
carefully and if people are fully supported in self-management of their
diabetes that actually you can live a long and good healthy life free of
complications so it is important that we try to achieve that goal for everybody.