Prevent and Cure Diabetes

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Rachel Purviance

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes 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. Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by all types of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association was founded in 1940 as a professional association to address the increasing incidence of diabetes and the complications that develop from the disease. During its first 30 years, the

Campers at the American Diabetes Association, Indiana camp for children with diabetes, Camp John Warvel.

Campers at the American Diabetes Association, Indiana camp for children with diabetes, Camp John Warvel.

Association limited its membership to physicians, health professionals and corporations. In 1970, the Association underwent a reorganization during which membership was expanded to include general members. It has grown and evolved into the leading volunteer organization for diabetes expertise in the United States.

To fulfill its mission, the Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes. The Association acts on its mission through a number of critical programs and activities that are directed to a broad range of constituents, including consumers, research scientists, health care professionals, corporations and communities. Locally, we provide programs including a camp for children with diabetes (Camp John Warvel), programs for those at high risk for diabetes (African Americans, Latinos, Seniors), provide free education through the Living with Type 2 program, Ask the Experts (patient education programs), Stop Diabetes @ Work (workplace wellness program), Family Link (program for families of children with diabetes), American Diabetes Month programs (November), and more.

Our success is measured in many different ways: educating people about their risk so that they will talk to their healthcare professional to prevent or manage diabetes; advocate to keep Hoosier children with diabetes safe at school (there is now a law to do this), work with employers to have healthier workplaces (the cost of diabetes annually in $245 Billion), work on research to find a cure, prevention and diabetes management improvements. 95% of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, which in most cases is preventable through healthy lifestyle habits.

People can get involved in many ways to help Stop Diabetes: join one of our events – Tour de Cure bike ride or Step Out Walk and raise money; volunteer (we need many different kinds of volunteers – office, event, committee, program), be trained in our Speakers Bureau to help us spread the STOP Diabetes message.

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