Black History Month

Houston Texan's star Duane Brown

There are nearly 30 million people living with diabetes in the U.S. African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes, with 13.2% having been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites. They are also at an increased risk for serious complications of diabetes, which include blindness, kidney disease and amputations. Although the risk for complications can’t be eliminated, good control of diabetes has been shown to reduce those risks.

Join the Association and the Houston Texans star Duane Brown as we advocate for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Read Duane Brown's story.

Food & Fitness

Food & Fitness

Eating well-balanced meals is an essential part of taking better care of yourself and managing diabetes. So is regular physical activity, which is especially important for people with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes.



With the correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of complications.

Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD

Our Programs Fight Discrimination and Empower Patients

This year, the Association commemorates its 75th anniversary. Dr. Sam Dagogo-Jack talks about diabetes progress and challenges as they relate to the African-American community.

Explore: Black History Month

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