American Diabetes Association

Over 133 million Americans have diabetes and prediabetes. And with a diabetes diagnosis comes a host of other complications, from the kidneys and feet to the brain and skin. Not to mention the mental and financial strain that comes from years of systemic health inequity. It contributes to worse outcomes and higher risk for diabetes and many other diseases. And it undermines the wellbeing of our most underserved communities. Inaction is no longer an option, we need Health Equity Now®.

Our mission? To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

The moving force behind the work of the ADA is a network of more than 565,000 volunteers, their families and caregivers; a professional society of nearly 12,000 health care professionals; as well as more than 250 staff members. For 83 years, the ADA has driven discovery and research to treat, manage, and prevent diabetes while working relentlessly for a cure. The ADA is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic through advocacy, program development, and education to help people living with diabetes thrive.

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Diabetes Resources

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or if you have a loved one with this condition, please review these resources from the American Diabetes Association.

How do I know if I have diabetes?

The only way to know if you have diabetes is through a blood test administered by your health care provider—but these resources can give you an idea of your risk for type 2 and help you understand the diagnosis process.

How can I lower my risk for diabetes?

There are many lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes.

I want to learn more about diabetes.

You can trust these resources to provide scientifically backed, ADA-approved information on every type of diabetes. 

  • Diabetes Overview (website)
    Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed, have been fighting against type 1 or type 2 diabetes for a while, or are helping a loved one, you’ve come to the right place. This is the start of gaining a deeper understanding of how you can live a healthier life—with all the tools, health tips, and food ideas you need.
  • Prediabetes Overview (website)
    For some people with prediabetes, early treatment as well as moderate lifestyle changes can actually return blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to a normal range, effectively preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Overview (website)
    With the right tools and support, you can do anything. Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, are helping a loved one, or have been managing your condition for a while, help is here.
  • Type 2 Diabetes Overview (website)
    Maybe you’ve just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Or maybe you’ve been living with it for a while. Here’s the thing: your journey is unique and it starts fresh every day.
  • Gestational Diabetes Overview (website)
    Gestational diabetes and a healthy baby? Yes. It can be a scary diagnosis, but it’s one that’s fairly common. And know that it doesn’t mean that you had diabetes before you conceived or that you will have diabetes after you give birth. It means that, by working with your doctor, you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. No matter what, you have all the support you need for both you and your baby.

I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. What’s next?

A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to manage your diabetes well and live a long, healthy life. Your best days are ahead of you. 

Meet Serena

Serena finds purpose in helping others find the information they need to live healthy lives. “Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of prioritizing my diabetes and eye health and asking for help along the way”.

How do I live well with diabetes?

A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t have to stop you from living a healthy life. The ADA is here for you with the resources you need to stay on top of nutrition, fitness, and so much more. 

I’m a loved one or caregiver for someone with diabetes. How can I support them?

There are countless ways to help your loved ones live a healthy, happy life. We have the resources to help.

Do you have resources in Spanish?

If Spanish is your primary language or the primary language of someone you know with diabetes, these resources were made for you.  

  • Recursos en español (biblioteca de recursos)
    Vivir con diabetes no es fácil. Podemos ayudarte. Para mantenerte lo más sano posible, es importante conocer los síntomas frecuentes de la diabetes y las complicaciones relacionadas con ella.

Meet Alfonzo

Alfonzo has type 1 diabetes and has battled the disease on a very low income. This is his story. “Continue to fight your diabetes and never give up on yourself. No matter what, hang in there. I’m doing the best I can and hope my story will help you stay strong”.

How can diabetes affect other parts of my body?

Diabetes doesn’t just affect your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels; it affects almost every part of your body.

  • How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes (website)
    It’s easy to take your eyesight for granted. Diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss in people 18–64 years old. And there are no obvious signs or symptoms. But the great news is an annual routine eye exam could prevent 95% of vision loss caused by diabetes.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Feet (website)
    The connection between diabetes and your feet is important because diabetes can cause nerve damage and reduced circulation, ultimately leading to limb loss and other complications. The good news is you can lower your chances of complications by managing your blood glucose levels and taking care of your feet.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Heart (website & eLearning course)
    Learn more about the relationship between diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys (website)
    Anyone with diabetes can take steps to prevent chronic kidney disease (CKD), and those who already have CKD can try and slow the process. Early detection, managing blood glucose (blood sugar) levels and blood pressure, living a healthy lifestyle, and health education can help prevent or delay CKD from progressing.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Hearing (website)
    If you live with diabetes, you are twice as likely to experience hearing loss. Learn the early signs and what action you should take.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Blood Pressure (website)
    Two of three people with diabetes report having high blood pressure or take prescription medications to lower their blood pressure.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Nerves (website)
    Nerve damage from diabetes is called “diabetic neuropathy,” affecting about half of all people with diabetes.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Brain (website)
    If you have diabetes, your chances of having a stroke are 1.5 times higher than in people who don’t have diabetes. Learn how to lower your risk.
  • How Diabetes Affects Your Skin (website)
    Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. In fact, skin problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes.

“It’s imperative that we raise awareness about long-standing health inequities and address them to improve health outcomes, including lowering the risk of diabetes.”

Charles “Chuck” Henderson,
CEO, American Diabetes Association