Community Overview

Community

Discover the power of diabetes support.

Find the connections you need.

Whether you’re battling diabetes or have a loved one who is, building connections with other people can be the best medicine.

Chances are, there’s some great stuff happening right in your own community, from fundraisers and drives to nearby summer camps and more.

It doesn’t get any better than camp

Camp can be a community lifeline for children living with diabetes and those at risk of developing type 2, as well as for their families. It’s a place where kids can learn independence and develop a new level of self-confidence—all within a safe and fun environment. For 70 years, we’ve run camps across the country serving over 100,000 children and their families. What are you waiting for?

Find a camp near you

Keep it local: offices and events

Your local ADA office is a great place to learn about community resources and upcoming events. Stop by and see what’s coming up, and check out our events calendar. Or find out how you can help.

Inclusion and awareness

We work tirelessly to reach communities throughout the U.S to prevent diabetes among at-risk populations and ensure that all people with diabetes get the best care, treatment, and information.

community inclusion
  • African American community–Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems that the African American community faces today. And compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes.
  • Latino and Hispanic community–Diabetes is an urgent health problem in the Latino community, where diabetes rates are nearly double those of non-Latino whites. Nearly 13% of the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S. live with diabetes.
  • AANHPI community–Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) are at increased risk for diabetes at different BMIs when compared to Caucasian Americans. According to Joslin's Asian American Diabetes Initiative, Asian Americans are considered overweight and at increased risk for type 2 diabetes at a BMI of 24. Pacific Islanders are considered overweight and at risk at a BMI of 27.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native community–At nearly 16%, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups.
  • Older adult community–Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic.

#everydayreality

Real people. Real stories.
Elisabeth Barbara Profile Pic

T1D + exercise - The 3 Test Trick for happy blood sugars during your workout🤘🏻
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We’ve alll been there - the dreaded highs and lows causing your workout to be inefficient and ineffective. We have things to do & people to see, we don’t got time for Dexcom alerts and juice boxes all day long!

As far as my workouts, I rotate between CrossFit and weight lifting at my regular gym, so my workouts can vary between 60-90 minutes. Any diabetic knows that our blood sugars can do crazy things in this short amount of time.

This is why I use the “three test trick”! You can probably guess it, but this is how it works:
-Test: I start by checking my sugar 5-10 minutes before my workout.
-Test: Mid-workout check, typically after my lifts, before any cardio/circuits I may do. If I’m low, I’ll correct + resume my workout. If I’m running high, I’ll take only half of my correction dose.
-Test: 5-10 minutes after my workout (usually in the locker room before I’m ready to drive.) If I’m trending down, I know it’s the perfect time for my protein shake. Trending up, I’ll wait another 10-15 minutes and dose accordingly.

Don’t wait until after your workout to find out how low or high you might be. Checking your blood sugar can be tedious, but it eliminates rollercoaster sugars and allows you to take action before they get out of control.

As a reminder, aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, swimming, dancing, low intensity sports) typically lower BG. Anaerobic exercise (weight training, HIIT) activate your stress hormones, can cause liver dump, and spike your blood sugars. The right balance can be the recipe for happy sugars all the way through your workout! Don’t forget that exercise also increases insulin sensitivity - so any effects to your sugars can still be seen hours after!

How do you control your BGs during your workout? If you try out the, comment here and let me know!

#diabetesawareness #t1dlookslikeme #autoimmunedisease #everydayreality #diabetic #diabetes #insulinjunkie #actuallydiabetic #invisibleillness #weighttraining #diabeticswholift #needlesandspoons

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Ali Abdlkareem Profile Pic

☀️ Ahh, where to start. I’ve been asked to share my story on behalf of @amdiabetesassn to share my story with #type1diabetes and shatter the stereotypes of this disease. The handsome guy next to me is the person who FIRST put me on to this game we call the Diabetes Hustle, my uncle. .
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. ☀️ For any new friends, my name is Ali Abdulkareem. I’m 22 years old and have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for nearly 4 years and aspire to make Diabetes content for living for our community. When I first got diagnosed, I promise to you all, I didn’t have a clue what was happening. Nothing. Zero. Units, novolog, meters all sounded like a foreign language. Maybe a day after seeing my family doctor to get misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes, we called my uncle and got ALL the juice. Thank you Kalu and to everyone who gave me the love and support I needed. We all need. .
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. ☀️Last note. For anyone non-Diabetics reading this. This disease we call Type 1 Diabetes is very challenging. It’s 24/7 365. No breaks. During sleep, during class, during family time, everyday. It’s not a simple snack disease, it’s intense and as someone who is striving to achieve a heathy life physically and mentally, I must work 10x harder to achieve somewhat normal health to my non-diabetics. Thank you for all the struggles. #everydayreality 
@amdiabetesassn .
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. ☀️Learn as much as possible, cut your learning curve, use this as an advantage to be the greatest version of yourself. With love,
Ali Abdulkareem. .

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