What We Do

Research Program

Diabetes Action has provided grants to over 300 separate research studies at universities and medical institutions across the United States.  In addition to funding basic research to cure diabetes with gene therapies and beta cell transplantation, Diabetes Action funds research that examines how nutritional and complementary therapies may prevent and treat diabetes. Diabetes Action has funded innovative studies that include: 
  • Cure of type 1 diabetes using a generic drug
    Dr. Faustman, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Cinnamon and chromium antioxidant studies
    USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center
  • Wheat Gluten as a Trigger in type 1 Diabetes
    Virginia Tech
  • Antioxidants to improve islet cell graft function
  • T cell vaccination to prevent type 1 diabetes 
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Antioxidants to prevent diabetic complications
    University of California, San Francisco
  • B vitamins to treat hyperhomocysteinemia
    University of California, Davis
  • Nutritional approaches to improve beta cell function
    Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Acupuncture for treating neuropathy
    Harvard Medical School
  • Chromium with Metformin Study
    Bastyr/Washington State University
  • Lower Carbohydrate Diet
    Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Liu
Dr. Dongmin Liu, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Arafat
Dr. Hwyda Arafat, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Francis
Dr. Deanna Francis harvests wild blueberries for a study of their effect on blood sugar levels.


Education Program

Diabetes University
Diabetes Action hosts the annual Diabetes University©, a free informational program for the public that highlights complementary, alternative, and nutritional research and treatments for diabetes.
Topics have included "Cinnamon Improves Risk Factors for Diabetes", "Current Management of Diabetes", "The Anti-Inflammatory Diet", "Essential Herbs for Diabetes", and "Complementary Medicine in Diabetes".
Past programs are available online for free viewing.
Pat DeVoe and Ryan Bradley, ND
President Pat DeVoe and Dr. Ryan Bradley
Diabetes University Dr. Anderson
Dr. Richard Anderson discusses his research on cinnamon and diabetes

American Indian Diabetes Prevention Program

Diabetes Action is currently funding a long-term diabetes prevention program designed to reverse the epidemic of diabetes on the Cheyenne River Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Currently, up to 40% of the youth on this reservation are at risk for diabetes. Children as young as 8 years old already have conditions such as elevated blood pressure, arterial plaque, enlarged hearts, metabolic syndrome, and other inflammatory indicators. Some older youths are already in need of kidney dialysis treatment and have visual and neurological complications as a result of type 2 diabetes.  

This program is empowering local youth to prevent diabetes through wellness initiatives such as nutrition education, food preparation, fitness programs, and organic gardening.


International Relief

In 2013 Diabetes Action provided over 1.6 million dollars of medical supplies to aid the victims of natural disasters in both Haiti and the Philippines.

In Haiti, life is still a struggle for millions of people trying to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010 and the following cholera epidemic that has strained the resources of all medical facilities. Our medical supplies were distributed to hospitals at St. Marc, Cabara, and Arachaia plus various medical clinics in outlying villages such as LaDigue.

After a massive typhoon destroyed many rural health clinics in the Philippines, Diabetes Action sent additional medical supplies to help provide medical care to the more than 14 million people affected by this devastating typhoon. Medical Clinics run by Children International in Quezon City, Manila, and Legaspi City were grateful to receive this much-needed medical assistance.


Siriraj Hospital Thailand

Thailand Award


Send a Kid to Diabetes Camp

Diabetes Action funding provides funding to enable children with diabetes to attend summer camps in every state in the U.S. These special diabetes camp programs nurture self-esteem and self-reliance by offering a support system that is not available in any other setting. Camp activities and nutrition are carefully coordinated with the special needs of the campers.

By attending camp, children learn diabetes management and develop active lifestyle habits that will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Many children report that their time spent at summer camp is the only time when they feel that others understand them and what it means to cope with diabetes.

Summer Camp Swimmer

Camp Holiday Trails


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