American Diabetes Association Statement on the President’s FY2018 Budget


Michelle Kirkwood

Arlington , Virginia
March 17, 2017

Federal support of our nation’s research is a vital and critical component in the fight against diabetes. Thus, the American Diabetes Association (Association) is deeply concerned that the proposed budget released by President Trump would cut nearly $6 billion dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—a devastating blow to an agency focused on medical research to improve the lives of our citizens. A reduction of this magnitude would cause significant harm to critical research being conducted by our nation’s basic, clinical and population scientists working toward the goal to prevent, treat, and cure diabetes. Shifting our national priorities and federal resources cannot come at the expense of scientific breakthroughs that will save lives. 

We call on Congress to reject the president’s request to cut funding for NIH. Both chambers have shown bipartisan support for increasing funding at NIH and we urge appropriators in the House and the Senate to further recent investments. Specifically, the Association supports an increase in diabetes research funding by providing $2.165 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) at NIH, the institute that is best poised to find a cure and improved treatments for diabetes. 

While the president’s budget does not detail changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the scope of the cut to the overall Health and Human Services budget leaves little doubt that funding for the Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) could be adversely impacted. Both the DDT and National DPP are critical to preventing diabetes. If they are underfunded, the diabetes epidemic will continue to grow. 

For those reasons, among others, the Association calls on Congress to provide $185 million for DDT and $25 million for the National DPP in Fiscal Year 2018. 

We will continue to join Americans across the nation in raising our voice on behalf of millions living with the burdens and complications of diabetes.

About the American Diabetes Association

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and every 21 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in 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 provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (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)