Missourians are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands of people suffer from the disease. Approximately 700,000 people in Missouri, or 13.2% of the adult population, have diabetes. Of these, an estimated 152,000 have diabetes but don't know it.
That is why the American Diabetes Association's Missouri office is so committed to educating the public about how to stop diabetes and support those living with the disease.
We are here to help!
Learning to live with type 1 diabetes does not happen overnight - our message to parents and children is that you don't have to do it alone. The American Diabetes Association's Youth Programs connects families to other families of children with diabetes. Two integral parts of these programs are Camp EDI (7-17 years) and Camp Earthworks (5-14 years) which are summer youth camps where campers participate in traditional camp activities and gain independence, grow in confidence and discover new skills, all while receiving medical care.
Become a Diabetes Advocate!
Life isn't fair for people with diabetes. First, there is the simple fact of coping with a chronic illness. Second, there are the barriers that prevent people with diabetes from enjoying the same opportunities at the rest of the population. Our Advocacy efforts work to bring down the barriers and fund critical diabetes research. Take action and become a Diabetes Advocate today!
Volunteer With Us
Your involvement as an American Diabetes Association volunteer—whether on a local or national level—will help improve lives of everyone impacted by diabetes, maybe even someone close to you. There are many ways for you to get involved—a little time can have a big impact.