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.

Send a Kid to Diabetes Camp

In 2015 Diabetes Action provided funding to 56 separate summer camp programs in all 50 states. Combining the fun of swimming, horseback riding, tennis, and other enriching activities with nutritional and lifestyle education in a nurturing environment helps children learn how to live healthy with diabetes. For many children, camp may be the only time in their lives when everyone truly understands them and their daily struggles of living with diabetes. Without financial assistance, many of these children would not be able to take advantage of this life-changing opportunity, which helps not only the children, but also their families.

As one mother wrote, “My daughter used to complain a lot, ‘why me? Why do I have to be the one with diabetes?’ Now after going to Camp Endres she says, ‘Oh, it’s just diabetes. I got this’”. Another parent wrote, “It’s great these kids have a camp they can go to have fun and not be ‘that kid with diabetes’”.

At the American Indian Youth Medical Wellness Camp in Prescott, Arizona, the University of Arizona used a grant from Diabetes Action to complete a research project, which enabled campers to be evaluated for various bariometric and anthropometric measures such as body composition. The results of this study have been sent to the Association of American Indian Affairs and disseminated among other tribes who operate youth obesity, wellness, and camp programs. This will help make it possible to replicate the success of this program in order to improve the future for so many American Indian children at high risk for diabetes.

Summer Camp Swimmer

Camp Holiday Trails

Summer Camp


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 can be viewed online.
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

Since our inception in 1990, one of Diabetes Action’s highest priorities has been to support health improvement for the American Indian population that has been so severely impacted by the diabetes epidemic.

Our partnership with the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) is helping to make it possible to change the outlook for people living on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. At one of the schools on this reservation EVERY single student is needy enough to qualify for the free lunch program. Now, the children living among some of the worst poverty in the country can attend two of the CYRP Youth Centers to obtain healthy snacks and participate in year round activity and exercise programs and also receive extra school help.

The Winyan Toka Win (or Leading Lady) Garden has been one of the most successful parts of the CYRP goal to eliminate diabetes on their reservation. In addition to growing and harvesting healthy vegetables from the garden, the program also educates the community about how to grow their own respective gardens. Classes in Poultry Raising, Garden Building, and Farmer’s Market are also offered.

One of the teenagers who attended the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Internship commented how he “learned more about healthy eating choices and genetically modified foods and the effect they have on their health and bodies”. More importantly, he noted how he was able to share what he learned with his mother and encouraged her to buy foods that were better for his family. In addition, he learned how to prepare many of the foods, such as Swiss chard, zucchini, and squash that he helped grow so that he could introduce these foods to his family.

Working closely with a Diabetes Educator and the sustainable agriculture department, the Cheyenne River Youth Project and Diabetes Action hope to teach the children the importance of exercise and nutrition, as well as connecting wellness to all aspects of life to provide a healthier future for all residents on the Reservation.


International Relief

The International Diabetes Federation estimates over 387 million people currently live with diabetes globally that is costing $612 billion in annual healthcare spending. The IDF states “year after year we are seeing increasing numbers of people developing diabetes....worldwide”.

With the epidemic of diabetes and its serious complications spreading worldwide, Diabetes Action continues to support the efforts of medical facilities in countries around the world where help is needed to provide care for people living with diabetes.

In the Ukraine, the ongoing civil war has left thousands of people struggling to obtain medical care. Diabetes Action was able to get medical supplies to these desperate people with the help of the humanitarian aid group “Operation Ukraine”. The supplies were shipped to the port of Odessa where they were then distributed by “Ukraine Missions” not only in the southwestern town of Ivano-Frankivsk, but also to hospitals, village clinics, and nursing homes in Kramatorsk in the more volatile east. There were serious delays in delivery of aid to the medical personal and patients because the government of Ukraine had imposed travel restrictions in 2015 for any civilians travelling to rebel-controlled areas. One of the examples of gratitude was how a local doctor in Ivano-Frankivsk came to personally shake hands and express heartfelt thanks for aid to the Director of “Ukraine Missions” after working late hours and a full day in the hospital.

Over 1.5 million of additional medical supplies were sent to the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health in Bangkok, Thailand. This Institute is responsible for 370,000 outpatient visits and 17,000 inpatient admissions with a staff of 100 doctors, 200 medical students and pediatric residents and over 700 nurses. Some of those supplies, such as adult size prosthetics, that were not suitable for pediatric care were distributed to the Sirindhorn National Rehabilitation Institute in Bangkok.



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