Facts about diabetes

You can be a diabetes expert with our diabetes facts. Don’t forget to share them with your friends and family so they know about diabetes too!

Diabetes in the UK

  • Diabetes is really called Diabetes Mellitus
  • 2.6 million (2,600,000) people in the UK have diabetes
  • More than 180 million people (180,000,000) worldwide have diabetes
  • In the UK, most people get diabetes treatment on the National Health Service

General diabetes facts

  • Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Type 1 diabetes is managed using insulin injections or an insulin pump
  • 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes used to be called non-insulin dependent diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes is managed by diet, exercise and sometimes medication and insulin

Diabetes history

  • World Diabetes Day is on November 14th every year
  • Diabetes may date back to ancient Egypt!
  • There is a lot to learn about diabetes, but don’t get put off!

Random diabetes facts

  • Diabetes doesn’t have to stand in the way of your dreams
  • Many celebrities and sportspeople have diabetes