EarlyBird Diabetes Trust

Diabetes and its complications are fast becoming one of the UK's biggest health threats, outstripping smoking-related diseases, cancer and drugs. Type 2 or so-called 'adult' diabetes, is by far the commonest form of diabetes. It's hugely on the increase - teenagers and even some children are now getting it. We need to find out why. That is why 300 healthy schoolchildren took part in the EarlyBird Study, a 12-year project to find which factors in childhood lead to diabetes in later life.