Charity Provides Diabetes Information in 20 Languages


Diabetes is a worldwide problem, and the need for patient information knows no boundaries, language as well as physical ones. Diabetes UK, a health charity in the United Kingdom, is helping break down the language barriers by providing a range of literature on diabetes in 20 different languages.

Diabetes Awareness Around the World

According to the World Health Organization, at least 171 million people around the world have diabetes, and the number is expected to double by 2030. Six people die every minute from the disease, resulting in about 3.2 million deaths per year. The top ten countries in terms of diabetes sufferers are India, China, United States, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, Italy, and Bangladesh.

Although diabetes can affect people of any age and ethnicity, it does not do so equally. Type 2 diabetes in white people, for example, typically develops around age 40 or later, but it can show in Blacks and South Asians from about age 25.


Anyone who visits the Diabetes UK website can read the material online or download the information from the PDF files. Readers can choose from Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (traditional), Croatian, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Serbian, Somali, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, and Welsh.

Diabetes UK notes that it made these selections based on communities at high risk of the disease. According to Jenne Dixit, Diabetes UK Equality and Diversity Manager, “With the growth of newer communities in the UK and a seemingly high prevalence of diabetes and inequalities in accessing care among these groups, Diabetes UK now provides diabetes information in a variety of other languages that we long since had gaps in.” Anyone with access to the Internet from around the world, however, can tap into the information.

The literature covers a total of 13 topics, ranging from Management of Diabetes to Myths about Diabetes, Neuropathy and Diabetes, Kidney Disease and Diabetes, and Pregnancy and Diabetes, among others. The website also offers a free E-newsletter, but this is not available in 20 languages.

Diabetes UK