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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


Study testing two different low-calorie diets aimed at helping people with type 1 diabetes lose weight and improve their blood glucose control.

Find out more about: MIDDAS-Type1


Investigating whether a new portable self-management system can help people with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels, adhere to treatment plans and improve quality of life.

Find out more about: Actiste

GrafMed Ryset

Investigating the benefits of using new materials to develop products to help manage diabetic foot ulcers.

Find out more about: GrafMed Ryset

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Gendius 21

Gathering opinions on a new research project investigating whether AI (artificial intelligence) can be used to predict which people with diabetes are most at risk of developing kidney or cardiovascular disease.

Find out more about: Gendius 21

How you've helped us

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Diabetes opportunities in Greater Manchester

Working with patients to develop a resource to ensure people living with diabetes in Greater Manchester know about the different opportunities available to them.

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Developing a research proposal

Developing a research proposal to trial of a new smartphone app to help people better manage their own health conditions.

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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.


The SuMMiT-D study

Dr Kiera Bartlett from The University of Manchester shares her experience of using Research for the Future to support her recruitment.