The Japan Diabetes Society (JDS) was established as a voluntary association in April 1958 with the purpose of encouraging the progress and development of the study of diabetes and ultimately preventing suffering among the people of Japan.
At the time, Japan was still in a state of postwar recovery and the disease of diabetes was not being given much attention. Nevertheless, having already foreseen that the number of people with diabetes would increase with the lifestyle changes that would certainly accompany the coming economic growth, early members of JDS were pressing forward earnestly with research into the origin and treatment of diabetes in Japan while studying research results from the West and working to translate their findings into clinical applications.
Following its establishment, JDS strove to disseminate an accurate understanding of diabetes by holding academic and scientific meetings, publishing its own journal, Tonyobyo (“Diabetes”) and issuing handouts such as Food Exchange Lists—Dietary Guidance for Persons with Diabetes, as well as other initiatives.
More than 60 years since its founding, JDS has continued to develop academic research programs relating to the origins and treatment of diabetes and has undertaken activities aimed at improving the environment in which diabetes treatment takes place in order to fulfill its social mission.