Advocates can join the American Diabetes Association in asking Congress to stand up against diabetes by signing their petition asking Congress to act by:
- Allocating $2.066 billion for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the primary federal agency that conducts research to find a cure and advance treatments for diabetes. This investment in NIDDK is needed to advance the nation’s efforts to develop new and superior treatments, prevent diabetes and its complications, and ultimately discover a cure.
- Providing $140.129 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) whose mission is to eliminate the preventable burden of diabetes through research, surveillance, national and local education programs, and by translating science into clinical practice.
- Supporting $20 million for the National Diabetes Prevention Program which builds on successful research at NIH and CDC to expand prevention programs shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% to communities around the country.
- Renewing the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) for 3 years. SDP provides funding for type 1 diabetes research and for programs in Native American/Alaskan Native communities. Funding for SDP is set to expire in September of 2015.