|'Well controlled Diabetes is the leading cause of absolutly nothing!!' - Dr. William Polonsky|
|JDRF Launch the One Campaign|
Insulin pumps have been available for over 20 years, and it is shocking that the UK’s healthcare bodies are not supplying technology that has been proven to improve the health and quality of life of many people with type 1 diabetes. Many European countries have 15-20 per cent of people with type 1 on pumps, and in America this figure is 35 per cent.
But a recent survey conducted by the Medical Technology Group, of which JDRF is a member, found that only 3.9 per cent of people with type 1 in the UK can get insulin pumps. Where you live also has a dramatic effect on the standard of treatment you can expect. A ‘postcode lottery’ means that people in Blackburn (17 per cent) are 42 times more likely to get a pump than people in Luton (0.4 per cent).
Sadly I'm sure these figures won't come as a surprise to you, especially if you've had problems getting a pump. We need your help to lobby Government for improved access to technology.
Greater investment into research
The UK Government recently released figures to say that funding bodies Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health research committed £51 million last year to research to tackle the growing problem of diabetes. Of this only £6 million was ‘applicable’ to type 1 diabetes.
It’s appalling that government funding of research to cure type 1 diabetes is so low and it appears that this chronic, life threatening condition is being overlooked because of the focus on type 2 diabetes. And the only way this will change is if everyone affected by type 1 comes together and makes a noise.
Together we can bring about change
We are lobbying for increased investment in medical research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes, and improved access to life enhancing technologies. But, we need the help of every single family living with type 1 in the UK to ensure the message gets through. Please join the 1 Campaign and tell politicians and other decision makers about what it’s like for you to live with type 1 diabetes, and how important these issues, and others, are to you. Only by increasing awareness of type 1 diabetes will we achieve significant change.