The charity is keen to make sure the survey is representative of all people with Type 2 diabetes. As ethnicity is a risk factor for getting the condition, Diabetes UK is keen to hear from more Black and South Asian people to ensure the charity’s work reflects their concerns and priorities.
Tony Kelly is one of Diabetes UK’s Community Champions, and volunteers to promote awareness of Type 2 diabetes. He said: “Black people with Type 2 diabetes need to provide their input to ensure that the work that Diabetes UK does reflects their interests.
“I want people to get involved for ourselves, our kids and generations ahead. We know that Black people are more likely to get Type 2 diabetes – but if you don’t put yourself forward then it is one less voice that we will hear from.”
Emily Burns, Research Communications Manager for Diabetes UK, said: “I would urge everyone with Type 2 diabetes to take part. Diabetes UK has been a pioneer of research for over 80 years and we have been directly involved in research breakthroughs that have changed our understanding and treatment of diabetes forever. We know it’s vitally important that the research we fund truly reflects the needs of people with diabetes and those that care for them. This is a fantastic opportunity for people with Type 2 diabetes to help direct research to where it’s needed most and potentially deliver life-changing results.”
If you would like to take part or find out more please go to www.diabetes.org.uk/T2-top-10. The survey will be open until August 2016 and is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. If you are unable to use an online form, Diabetes UK can send you a paper version or you can call 0345 123 2399 to record your responses.
Diabetes UK will only collect contact details to ask if you would like to take part in the next phase of the process and to let you know about the results. Your details will not be used for fundraising purposes.