Help Us Get Closer to a Cure - Give a Donation to the American Diabetes Association®

While death rates due to cancer, heart disease, and stroke have all declined in the last 20 years, diabetes rates continue to climb. Please give a donation, and join the fight to STOP DIABETES®.

If you'd like to donate in memory of someone you've lost to diabetes, consider a Memorial Donation. If you'd like to honor someone who must work 24 hours a day to control their diabetes, please consider an Honor Donation. Otherwise, you can make a General Donation as a personal gift to help us continue to get closer to a cure for diabetes and ensure a better future for those living with diabetes.

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Last year, with the help of our donors, the American Diabetes Association invested more than $33.5 million in research. This funding supported 435 awards at 142 leading research institutions in the United States. Over the years, the American Diabetes Association has invested more than $500 million in diabetes research and provided funding for more than 4,000 projects. In addition, we published professional journals that reached more than 54,000 health care professionals.

If you are one of the 24 million children and adults in the United States who live with diabetes, you've got a 60-70% chance of suffering from mild to severe nerve damage, and more than a 65% chance of dying from heart disease or stroke. Living with diabetes also increases the rate of amputation, kidney failure and adult blindness.

Your generous donation will help us continue funding vital research, advocacy, education and public awareness efforts for American families affected by diabetes. Just as importantly, your support sends a message to everyone living with diabetes that they are not alone … and that together, we will STOP DIABETES!

We need your help. Please make a tax-deductible donation today, and join us in the fight for a cure!

Diabetes Basics

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others such as African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes*

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

* Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms.

What can I eat if I have diabetes?

Are you constantly asking yourself, "What can I eat?" It's time to stop worrying! Living with diabetes doesn't have to mean feeling deprived or restricted. Here are a few tips on making healthful food choices for you and your entire family.

  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety.
  • Eat non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.
  • Choose whole grain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice with your stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce.
  • Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils in your meals.
  • Include fish in your meals 2-3 times a week.
  • Choose lean meats like cuts of beef and pork that end in "loin" such as pork loin and sirloin. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
  • Choose non-fat dairy products such as skim milk, non-fat yogurt and non-fat cheese.
  • Choose liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats that can be high in saturated and trans fats. Remember that fats are high in calories. If you're trying to lose weight, watch your portion sizes of added fats.

About Us

The American Diabetes Association is a voluntary health association designated as taxexempt under section 501(C)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. All transactions on our Web site are safe and secure.

An impressive 73% of every dollar spent supports research, advocacy, and services for people affected by diabetes.

An impressive 73% of every dollar spent supports research, advocacy, and services for people affected by diabetes.

Read the American Diabetes Association's Annual Report (PDF) to learn more about how your gift will help stop diabetes.

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