Diabetes and people with learning disabilities issues for policy, practice, and education

Andrew Maine*, Michael Brown, Maria Truesdale

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the extant literature on diabetes in people with learning disabilities (LD) and discuss implications for policy, practice and research. Design/methodology/approach: The key findings are extracted from qualitative and quantitative studies and recent systematic literature reviews. These findings are discussed in the areas of prevalence, treatments and implications. Findings: The complex health needs of people with LDs who are diagnosed or at risk of developing diabetes are gaining wider recognition, and recent studies have begun to implement and evaluate potential solutions. Further analysis and alignment between services is required. Originality/value: Following a dearth of studies on diabetes in people with LD, the past decade has seen a sudden upsurge in large and diverse set of studies. This paper provides an overview on the extent of this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-34
JournalTizard Learning Disability Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2020


  • Diabetes
  • Intellectual disability
  • Learning disabilities
  • Policy and practice
  • Prevalence
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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