American Diabetes Association Applauds Congressional Reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program

December 19, 2007

The American Diabetes Association today applauds Congress for passing reauthorization for the Special Diabetes Programs (SDP), included in the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007. The reauthorizations extend funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) and the Special Funding for Type 1 Diabetes through September 30, 2009.

Diabetes is four to eight times more common in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN). Moreover, the prevalence is growing in the AIAN population, particularly among children. The SDPI has given Indian health programs and tribal communities the resources and tools they need to both prevent and treat diabetes. It funds over 300 community directed programs, allowing local tribes and health programs to set priorities that meet the needs of their people, whether it be prevention activities or treatment.

The SDP-Type 1 program has led to real advances in many areas of type 1 diabetes research. The program has demonstrated a real return on federal investment, including the numerous human clinical trials testing various drugs and therapies for prevention and advances in halting or reversing diabetic complications.

“Both programs are critical to the important work that is taking place across the country to prevent and treat diabetes,” commented R. Stewart Perry, Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association. “Increased funding to both programs will help stem the tide of this growing diabetes epidemic and save lives in the long run.”

About the ADA
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.  Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities.  The Association’s commitment to research is reflected through its scientific meetings; education and provider recognition programs; and its Research Foundation and Nationwide Research Program, which fund breakthrough studies looking into the cure, prevention, and treatment of diabetes and its complications.  For more information, visit or call 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)