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The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Main Focus

  • To fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes
  • To deliver patient education programs to communities nationwide
  • To provide scientific and medical information and education
  • To give a voice to those discriminated against because of diabetes.


Fundraising Activities

While the diabetes epidemic has advanced seemingly unchecked, there’s been no corresponding increase in funding for diabetes research. The Association will not falter in its efforts to aggressively advocate for more federal funding across the full spectrum of diabetes research, and will continue to identify ways to strengthen and expand all elements of our research program. The organization’s priorities will focus on:

  1. formalized mentorship/career skills program to prepare grant recipients to successfully compete for federal research dollars;
  2. advocate for increased funding for diabetes research and programs;
  3. implement the Pathways to a Cure research program and support Pathway investigators; and
  4. support high quality and innovative basic, clinical and translational sciences.

For more than 20 years the organization and people with diabetes have benefited from strong constituent support of two successful nationwide fundraising events – the Tour de Cure and Step Out / Walk to Stop Diabetes.

Health Care Professional Information and Programs

Please visit to learn more about information and programs for health care professionals. The American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions brings together scientists and health care professional from around the world who are involved in diabetes and care. The five-day meeting features timely and significant advances in both basic science and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes. The 74 Scientific Sessions will take place at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California from June 13-17, 2014. The Association also conducts an annual program on clinical research in diabetes and treatment. The Annual Advanced Postgraduate Course offers the latest advances in diabetes management.

Publications & Newsletters

Download their latest annual report (2012)

Journals of the American Diabetes Association are counted among the most prominent publications in the field of endocrinology and metabolism. With more than 60 years of publishing experience, our journals continue to be the authoritative source for the latest in diabetes research. Diabetes is our flagship research publication and is the highest ranked journal devoted exclusively to diabetes research. Diabetes Care is the highest ranked journal devoted exclusively to diabetes treatment, care, and prevention. Clinical Diabetes is a quarterly journal for primary care physicians. Diabetes Spectrum is a quarterly journal for diabetes educators, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, and other health care providers. For details about these journals, including how to subscribe, visit

Diabetes Forecast is the premier lifestyle magazine for people with diabetes. Published by the American Diabetes Association, this magazine helps people with diabetes and their families live healthy and fulfilling lives by providing comprehensive, accurate, and timely information and support on all aspects of diabetes, including diet, fitness, self-care, and research breakthroughs.

The organization publishes books for consumers and health care professionals – visit to search for the resource that you are most interested in reading.

Message from the Association

"The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is leading the fight in the US to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes. ADA also recognizes the tremendous burden of diabetes worldwide. The association has been a member of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) for over 30 years. IDF provides diabetes associations around the world with the opportunity to belong to a community focused on the same ultimate goal of making a difference in the lives of people affected by diabetes. Working together, this network of organizations has had an impact upon the world’s view of diabetes and its complications. ADA values its collaboration with IDF and its member associations."


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