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Tell your future constituents that you take diabetes seriously

Sign the Diabetes Manifesto to pledge to fight the diabetes crisis in your area. Better care and support for the thousands in your constituency living with diabetes can be achieved, and our Diabetes Manifesto shows how. With your help, we can also help curb the soaring numbers of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by encouraging healthier choices.

Please add your name and help us fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm. After clicking to back the Diabetes Manifesto, you'll have the option to share your support for the Diabetes Manifesto on social media. You can read full details of the diabetes manifesto below.

After the election, we'll use the details you provide to get back touch and give you:

  1. 1: A tailored briefing of local stats and information
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  3. 2: Information about the local diabetes groups and activities taking place
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  5. 3: Ideas about how you could make a difference to improve diabetes care and services locally

Diabetes UK will not use the details you share for any other purpose or share your details with anyone else.

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What is the Diabetes Manifesto?

Our Diabetes Manifesto gives politicians of all parties the chance to commit to tackling the diabetes crisis. As they ask you for your votes, we can use the Diabetes Manifesto to ask them to take diabetes seriously.

There are five pledges in the Diabetes Manifesto we want every politician standing in this election to get behind. We want your next MP to: 

Support people to better manage their diabetes

To help more people manage their diabetes successfully, we want everyone to have the chance to learn about their diabetes through diabetes education courses and other appropriate learning options.

Prevent life-threatening and costly diabetes complications

Less than half of people living with Type 2 diabetes are reaching their treatment targets, and this figure is even lower for people living with Type 1 diabetes (18 per cent). This puts these people at higher risk of devastating complications like amputation, blindness and stroke. That's why we need better diabetes care, including specialists teams ready to help people living with diabetes avoid these terrible complications. For this to happen, we also need the NHS to commit to continued funding for improving diabetes care.

Improve diabetes care in hospital

One-in-six people staying in hospital now have diabetes. So trained inpatient diabetes teams must be a priority for hospitals throughout the UK. When staying in hospital, people living with diabetes should also be given the option to self-manage their own diabetes where appropriate.

Ensure children with Type 1 diabetes are Safe in School

By law all schools in England should have a medical conditions policy in place to guide staff on how to care for children with Type 1 diabetes and other medical conditions. But 2017 research by the Medical Conditions in School Alliance shows only 10 per cent of schools could show they had a policy in place. This is putting the 31500 children with Type 1 diabetes at unnecessary risk. We want the Department for Education and school inspector Ofsted to take action to help schools protect all children with Type 1 diabetes.

Reduce obesity and preventing Type 2 diabetes

Up to 58 per cent of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed, and one of the major risk factors of Type 2 diabetes in obesity. That's why it's so important the government commits to serious action to reduce obesity throughout the UK. The UK Government needs to work with food manufacturers, advertisers, the NHS and national administrations across the UK to help people make healthier choices and avoid obesity. Right now 1 in 4 people in the UK are at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. If we fail to make changes now, the diabetes crisis will only get worse. 

You can read the Diabetes Manifesto in full on the Diabetes UK website.