American Diabetes Association

Our Mission

Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes. We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, deliver services to communities, provide objective and credible information, and give voice to those denied rights because of diabetes.

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  • American Diabetes Association
    To fool the body into accepting the donor kidney, doctors try to match the donor and recipient for a blood protein called human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. Despite the best HLA matching, the body may still not recognize the new kidney as part of itself. For this reason, people with kidney transplants...Read More
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    Immunosuppressive drugs are hard on the body, but people who get organ transplants must take these drugs the rest of their lives. Azathioprine and cyclosporine, two commonly used drugs, make it easier for you to get infections and have other side effects. You will need to avoid people who have in...Read More
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    Immunosuppressant drugs for organ transplants pose dangers. Although suppressing the immune system keeps the body from noticing the foreign organ, it also keeps the immune system from noticing infections. As a result, the person can get sick more easily. These drugs also have many side effects. Read More
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    A study has indicated that, for patients with functioning kidneys, survival rates of patients who receive pancreas-only transplants are worse than the survival rates of patients who manage their diabetes with conventional therapy (insulin, diet, etc.). Therefore, the decision to have a pancreas-only...Read More
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    One in three women will die of heart disease compared to one in nine women dying of breast cancer. Forty percent of heart attacks result in death. Diabetes is a powerful risk factor for heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women with diabetes. Women with diabetes...Read More
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    Diabetes can be especially hard on women. The burden of diabetes on women is unique because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children. Diabetes can cause difficulties during pregnancy such as a miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects. Women with diabetes are also more likely...Read More
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    The rate of depression in people with diabetes is much higher than in the general population. Women experience depression about twice as often as men. The risk of depression increases in women with diabetes. Many hormonal factors may contribute to the increased rate of depression in women -- part...Read More
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    Research suggests that eating disorders are probably more common among women with diabetes than women who do not have diabetes. Bulimia is the most common eating disorder in women with type 1 diabetes. Among women with type 2 diabetes, binge eating is more common.

    Because both diabetes and eating...Read More
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    Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent binge eating (the rapid controlled consumption of large amounts of food). Purging may occur with self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics, insulin omission or reduction, fasting, severe diets, or vigorous exercise. Read More
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    Binge-eating disorder (also known as compulsive overeating) is characterized primarily by periods of uncontrolled, impulsive, or continuous eating beyond the point of feeling comfortably full. While there is no purging, there may be sporadic fasts or repetitive diets and often feelings of shame or...Read More
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    It's seldom easy to face the end of a life. So it's only natural that we resist preparing for it. Unfortunately, a lack of planning just makes it that much more difficult at the end. And when important decisions have to be made quickly and under great stress, it's not uncommon to make very costly...Read More
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    Everyone should have an estate plan, no matter how much or how little you have to leave behind. It is the only legal way to ensure that your wishes will be carried out -- not only after your death, but if you become incapacitated. An estate planning attorney can draft the components of your estate...Read More
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    One of the most thoughtful things you can do for your family is to give them the freedom to celebrate your life instead of the burden of planning your funeral. When you are ready to take that step, a trusted funeral provider can explain all of the options available to you, including the details of...Read More
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    Medicaid is a program providing medical care for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources. This program became law in 1965 and is jointly funded by federal and state governments (including the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories). This funding allows states to provide...Read More
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    Medicaid covers many groups of people. Even within these groups, though, certain requirements must be met. Criteria for Medicaid eligibility may include your age, whether you are pregnant, disabled, blind, or aged; your income and resources; and whether you are a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted...Read More