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Leading charities join forces to improve the lives of people with diabetes and kidney disease

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Friday, 31st August 2018

Leading charities join forces to improve the lives of people with diabetes and kidney disease

Two leading charities have pledged their commitment to tackling kidney disease and diabetes together.

By bringing together leading scientists and funding vital research, Diabetes UK and Kidney Research UK hope their joint efforts can lead to a better understanding of why kidney disease develops in people with diabetes, and how to stop it.

Almost four in five people with diabetes will develop some stage of kidney disease during their lifetime, and the impact of kidney disease combined is debilitating.

Diabetes is the single most common cause of kidney failure in the UK. Right now there are 22,600 people in the UK who have diabetes and need dialysis or a kidney transplant.

The implications of kidney disease are serious; the condition accounts for around one in five deaths in people with Type 1 diabetes, and one in ten deaths in those with Type 2 diabetes.

Both charities are committed to tackling this serious problem. 

Diabetes UK and Kidney Research UK have established Clinical Studies Groups: groups of scientists, healthcare professionals and people living with either diabetes or kidney disease, who work together to identify the most important areas of future research.

These expert groups are now collaborating, to ensure that expertise across diabetes and kidney disease is put to the best use in order to improve the lives of people with these conditions.

Elaine Davies, Director of Research at Kidney Research UK, said: 'By working together, our two charities want to protect people with diabetes from developing kidney disease and slow the progression of this devastating condition, helping people live longer.'

Dr Elizabeth Robertson, Director of Research at Diabetes UK, said: 'The statistics around kidney disease in people with diabetes are shocking – one in five deaths in people with Type 1 diabetes is a result of kidney disease, and this needs to change.

'Working together, our charities believe that we can put a stop to the harm diabetes causes.'

For more information, please read Diabetes UK and Kidney Research UK's joint statement.