The ambitious goal of the American Diabetes Foundation is to both prevent diabetes as well as find a cure for it.
The consumer level membership is offered to individuals who either have diabetes themselves or have family members or friend who have diabetes. This membership will provide them with periodic (monthly) newsletters containing information about diabetes – new discoveries, new treatments, progress reports on current treatments, and so on.
The professional level of membership is targeted towards the health care professional who wants to keep current with what’s going on in the diabetes field.
In addition, the professional level membership allows members to register for and attend scientific sessions, receive discounts on related medical journals and books, and – from a career standpoint – gives them a listing in the online membership directory.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) is one of the major supporters of diabetes research. They fund many of the clinical trials from which we all receive valuable understanding of diabetes.
But, the American Diabetes Foundation is the next largest organization in the amount of money that it pours into diabetes research.
In addition to its research funding, however, the American Diabetes Foundation is instrumental in teaching people with diabetes how to live with the disease.
A second major focus of what the foundation does is to raise the awareness of diabetes to lawmakers in Washington, D.C. as well as state governments.
The higher profile helps efforts to obtain funding to help find better treatments and, eventually, a cure. Part of this effort is also designed to help focus attention on the health care aspect of diabetes, to ensure that affordable health care is accessible to as many people as possible.
With the increasing number of Americans falling prey to the disease, more and more people are becoming aware of its seriousness.
Based on the premise that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, the American Diabetes Foundation also seeks to promote citizen activism among its members. On their website you’ll find links asking for volunteers to help combat diabetes. As part of the effort you may be asked to call representatives in your state capital as well as the U.S. Congress, participate in walkathons to raise awareness and money, and contribute funds yourself if you are able to.
In an effort to promote a sense of community among its members, the American Diabetes Foundation’s website asks it’s members to share their experiences with diabetes and the effects it has had on their lives to other members. Those who wish can You may do so through text or video. Their website also has interactive tools to help spread the word beyond the community and share it with those on social networking site.
The organization, as does the American Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, has a positive role in helping to promote diabetes awareness in our society. Those who are interested can reach the American Diabetes Foundation at www.diabetes.org.