The 1 Campaign and the need for investment in type 1 diabetes research
There are a lot of things we don’t know about type 1 diabetes. What causes type 1 diabetes? Why is incidence of type 1 raising by about four per cent each year, especially in children under five? We need greater investment in type 1 diabetes research to answer these questions and find the cure.
Investing in type 1 diabetes research and the wider economic gain
It’s not a secret that budgets in the UK are tight. While JDRF appreciates the financial difficulties the country is in, we believe that if the UK fails to invest in type 1 diabetes research it will prove more costly in the long run. Statistics from Impact Diabetes show that in 2010/11 the direct and indirect cost of diabetes to the UK was £1.9 billion. Judging by the growing rate of incidence, by 2035/6 type 1 diabetes could cost the UK £4.2 billion each year. This figure will continue to rise until we can find the cure. Investment into type 1 diabetes research will not only affect people living with the condition, but will therefore also benefit the wider economy in the long run. A health think tank, the Office of Health Economics, has recently reported that ‘a £1 increase in UK Government or charity spending on medical research could lead to an increase in private research spending from the pharmaceutical industry of between £2.20 and £5.10’.
Type 1 diabetes research in the developed world
The Government’s investment in type 1 diabetes research already falls behind the rest of the developed world – countries such as the US, Canada and Australia are all investing far much more money than we do. Although the Government allocated £51million to the Medical Research Council (MRC) and National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) to tackle the growing problem of diabetes, only £6million was ‘applicable’ to type 1 diabetes. JDRF believes that the only way to cure type 1 diabetes is to invest more money into research specific to type 1 diabetes.
JDRF is proud to be a global leader in type 1 diabetes research and committed to finding the cure for type 1 diabetes. We are also proud that the UK is a world leader for type 1 diabetes research but more funding is needed for the UK to retain this status. Unless governments also invest in type 1 diabetes research progress will not be as quick as it could be. Increased funding will lead to improved treatments for type 1 diabetes in turn leading to a better quality of life and ultimately the cure.
The more research we fund, the faster we can find the cure for everyone affected by type 1 diabetes. In the past 40 years JDRF has funded £1 billion of the best research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.
We need you to get involved in the 1 Campaign and help to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes. You can do this by telling politicians and decision makers how type 1 diabetes affects you, your family, your day-to-day life, and your plans for the future. With your help we can raise enough awareness to secure government funding, leading to sustained world-class research to find the cure.
JDRF currently receives no government funding.