Researchers at the University of Hull and Hull York Medical School are working to drive innovation in healthcare and treatment for people suffering from diabetes.
They carried out a study of 3,000 people with type 2 diabetes in Hull and East Yorkshire to identify and address negative impacts of the condition including isolation and loneliness.
The project focuses on the views and experiences of those with the condition – and has resulted in a series of recommendations to address their concerns and drive innovation in healthcare.
Feelings of embarrassment, blame and guilt often characterise the experience of people living with type 2 diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases in the world.
It is frequently associated with negative perceptions and stigma. Many people with type 2 feel they are perceived by society in general as a burden on the health service.
Susan Hopcroft, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in March 2015, said: “It was hard to accept. Everyone knows that with type 1 diabetes – you are born with it.
“But if you have type 2 people think it is your fault, that you haven’t looked after yourself properly.”