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About Help BEAT Diabetes

Help BEAT Diabetes is part of Research for the Future, an NHS-supported campaign that helps people living with diabetes find out about and take part in health and care research.

Taking part in research means you are not only helping to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses but also learning more about living with and managing your own condition.  Find out more.


About Diabetes

Diabetes is a common life-long health condition. There are more than 3.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 500,000+ people who have the condition but don’t know it.  Find out more about the condition, including how to manage it, at Diabetes UK.

Diabetes is one of the most important medical problems of our time.  If you’re interested in finding out how you can take part in diabetes research studies, join Help BEAT Diabetes.

By signing up you could help to improve future generations’ healthcare and help to prevent diabetes for patients who may be at risk of developing the condition.

Joining Help BEAT Diabetes

Joining Help BEAT Diabetes is free.  When you sign up, we will ask you for your contact details, type of diabetes and year of diagnosis.  We will explain the different ways research is conducted and you can tell us which of these you are interested in.

It is always your decision whether you take part in any research we tell you about. Your participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw from a study or from the Research for the Future database at any time without it affecting your diabetes care.

Any information you provide is stored on a secure NHS database and will never be passed to anyone else.  Please see our Privacy Notice for further details about how we protect your personal information.

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Quality in Care Diabetes award

The Help BEAT Diabetes campaign was highly commended in the 2016 Quality in Care Diabetes awards. Find out more.


Current studies

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This study will investigate the effect of medication reviews on blood pressure control in people with hypertension (high blood pressure).

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EVENS (Evidence for Equality National Survey)

This survey will investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown is affecting people and will document the experiences of ethnic and religious minority people.

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Diabetes My Way

Study looking to understand if a unique online system called ‘Diabetes My Way’ can help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition.

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The PRINCIPLE clinical trial is looking to find low-risk treatments that can be taken at home for people with COVID-19 symptoms.

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How you've helped us

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Diabetes opportunities in Greater Manchester

The diabetes team from the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) worked with Research for the Future to recruit patients to help with the development of a patient leaflet. The purpose of the leaflet was to make sure that everyone living with diabetes in Greater Manchester knew about the different opportunities available […]

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Developing a research proposal

VOCAL (formerly the Public Programmes Team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust) came to Research for the Future looking for people with diabetes and respiratory disease who used a smartphone to share opinions on a research proposal.  The proposal looked at a trial of a new smartphone app to help people better manage their own […]

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SCORE-IT focused on a set of core outcomes that should be measured in all studies of glucose-lowering treatments for patients with type 2 diabetes. Dr Nicola Harman shares her feedback on using Research for the Future to help her recruitment.


The SuMMiT-D study

Dr Kiera Bartlett, Research Associate, Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, University of Manchester shares her feedback having accessed Research for the Future