American Diabetes Association Alarmed by Cuts to Diabetes Research, Prevention and Programs Detailed in President Trump’s FY 2018 Proposed Budget, Announced Today

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Michelle Kirkwood
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May 23, 2017

The American Diabetes Association is alarmed by the significant cuts to critical funding for diabetes research and programs proposed in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget, announced today by The White House Office of Management and Budget. The reductions outlined affect federal funding for diabetes initiatives and would negatively impact the nearly 116 million Americans living with or at risk of developing diabetes.

The suggested cut of nearly six billion dollars to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be detrimental to medical research and would significantly delay promising scientific breakthroughs for patients across the country. In addition, the proposed budget includes a more than 20 percent reduction in funding for the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the federal agency best poised to fund research that may lead to a cure or cures for diabetes. 

The Trump administration’s proposed budget also fails to provide adequate resources for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), which works to reduce the preventable burden of diabetes by translating research into practice through community programs across the country. DDT also administers the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), a critical, evidence-based program shown to reduce health care costs and to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The administration’s proposal to consolidate funding for CDC’s diabetes programs in a pool with an array of other chronic health conditions will not provide adequate resources to meaningfully combat any of these public health problems individually, much less collectively.

 “The significant burden of diabetes in America warrants increased and sustained federal funding for the research and programs that will improve the lives of people living with or at risk for the disease,” said the American Diabetes Association’s Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer William T. Cefalu, MD. “The work of the NIH, NIDDK and CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation is critically important to people living with or at risk for diabetes. The president’s proposed funding cuts would stifle innovation in diabetes treatment and prevention, while also unraveling lifesaving programs and support in communities nationwide. Progress toward a cure will be significantly impacted. Investing in proven prevention programs and diabetes research is the key to reversing the diabetes epidemic; the President’s budget proposal would leave millions of Americans more vulnerable to diabetes and its deadly complications.”

We urge Congress to act on behalf of the American people by rejecting these dangerous proposed funding cuts and providing adequate funding for lifesaving diabetes research and programs. The Association calls on Congress to provide $2.165 billion for NIDDK, $185 million for DDT and $25 million for the National DPP.

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 diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)