American Diabetes Association Celebrates Renewal of Special Diabetes Program

Arlington, Virginia
February 9, 2018

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) stands today with millions of Americans, including more than 114 million living with or at risk for diabetes and more than half a million Diabetes Advocates across the country, to celebrate the inclusion of $600 million in funding for the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) in the federal budget agreement passed by Congress and signed by the president earlier today. We have fought tirelessly to ensure programs such as SDP—which supports lifesaving type 1 diabetes research and proven type 2 diabetes prevention and management programs for American Indian communities most at risk—have long-term funding that enables them to continue their important work.

Today is a victory for all people affected by diabetes who depend on the groundbreaking science and valuable diabetes programs that are possible because of SDP. We thank the Congressional and Senate Diabetes Caucuses for their leadership and Congress for making diabetes research, treatment and prevention a national priority.  We look forward to continuing to work together toward initiatives that will bring us closer to ending the diabetes epidemic.

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)