Federal Funding for Research and Programs

The American Diabetes Association is committed to working with Congress and the Administration to ensure sufficient resources are devoted to diabetes research and programs. We need a robust federal investment to  combat the diabetes epidemic.

With nearly 115 million children and adults living with diabetes or prediabetes in America, increased federal funding has never been more important. Ongoing work and new opportunities  to prevent, treat and eventually cure diabetes need support commensurate with the impact of the disease.

Research for Cure

National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes for Health (NIH)

NIDDK is the primary federal agency responsible for research to prevent, better treat, and find a cure for diabetes. Research supported by NIDDK has led to the latest advancements and improvements in the treatment of diabetes, including progress in predicting the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, preventing type 2 diabetes, and combating diabetes complications.

Currently, NIDDK efforts include research to understand the relationship between diabetes and neurocognitive conditions like Alzheimer's, examine if medications currently used to treat other autoimmune diseases can delay the onset of type 1 diabetes, and further understand gestational diabetes. 

Learn more about the NIDDK.

Learn more about NIDDK research studies in your state.

Investing in Prevention

Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The DDT is the nation’s lead federal agency working to reduce the preventable burden of diabetes. DDT provides diabetes prevention and management programs in communities across the country. Funding for DDT supports valuable diabetes prevention programs in all 50 states and in eight U.S. affiliated jurisdictions.

These activities bring together state health departments, health care providers and community-based groups to prevent diabetes and diabetes-related complications and reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations. DDT also carries out groundbreaking research and helps to eliminate diabetes-related disparities.

Working with states, DDT uses the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to track the burden of diabetes at the state and national level. Data collected illustrates national and local trends in diabetes prevalence and incidence and can drive prevention efforts.

Learn more about the work of the DDT.

National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP)

The National Diabetes Prevention Program, administered by DDT, supports community-based interventions for people at high risk for diabetes. National DPP is a network of cost-effective, group-based lifestyle programs that can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

National DPP is based on the NIDDK Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial that found individuals with prediabetes can decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent with lifestyle changes and moderate weight loss.

Learn more about the National DPP.

Take action now to urge your Member of Congress to support these programs.

  • Last Reviewed: October 2, 2013
  • Last Edited: August 29, 2018

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