|About||Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.|
Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. In 2009, the Association launched a movement to Stop Diabetes®. The movement will inspire and mobilize millions to take up the fight against this deadly disease.
The Association has been funding innovative research to combat diabetes since 1955. In 2010, we funded more than $34 million in research at 125 leading research institutions throughout the country.
The Association provides the public and health care professionals with the most up-to-date information to help take a stand against diabetes through our Center for Information and Community Support (1-800-DIABETES) and two web sites, www.diabetes.org and www.stopdiabetes.com, as well as via consumer and professional books and periodicals. The organization has offices in communities across the country and serves the public through a multitude of programs and activities including American Diabetes Association Expos in 11 markets, 55 sessions of Diabetes Camp each summer for kids with diabetes, and outreach to high-risk populations through its Por tu Familia, Live Empowered! and Native American initiatives.
The Association fights on behalf of the diabetes community to increase federal funding for diabetes research and programs, improve comprehensive health care and insurance coverage, and to end discrimination against people with diabetes.
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles.
• Type 1. An autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce any insulin, most often occurring in children and young adults. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin in