What We Do


Research Program

Dr. Hwyda Arafat

Dr. Hwyda Arafat

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


Send a Kid to Diabetes Camp

Diabetes Action provided funding to 59 separate camp programs across the United States in 2018. Combining the fun of swimming, horseback riding, tennis, and other enriching activities with nutritional and lifestyle education in a nurturing environment helps children to learn how to be healthy and thrive while having diabetes.

These special camps empower kids with diabetes to live active lives and teaches them that they can believe in themselves and never stop reaching for their dreams despite their disease. As one camper expressed, “Camp is my happy place that I call home - I can’t thank you enough for helping”.

Another camper stated, “Camp has become my second home. Diabetes is definitely a struggle but camp has taught me so much and I’ve learned to accept myself and this life changing disease; without you that would not be possible”.

Without financial assistance many children would not be able to take advantage of this life-changing opportunity and we are grateful that we can help make it possible to fulfill the dreams of so many children.


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".


American Indian Diabetes Prevention Program

Cheyenne River Youth Project Garden

Cheyenne River Youth Project Garden

Diabetes Action’s goal of lessening the impact of the diabetes epidemic among American Indians continued to focus on helping people on the Lakota Sioux Reservations in South Dakota to lead a healthier life. On the Cheyenne River Reservation, which is located in one of the poorest counties in the country, our support for the Cheyenne River Youth Project in 2018 helped make it possible to continue pursuing culturally sensitive, sustainable youth wellness programming to promote a healthier life for all the residents at high risk for diabetes.

One of the most successful components of the diabetes prevention program in recent years has been the inclusion of internships that provide teen wellness interns nutrition classes, various fitness activities, and training to be youth mentors.  Through these internships the teens are provided with job and life skills that will help provide access to a more secure future.  Each intern pledges to make one healthy change in their life, whether to give up drinking sodas or committing to exercising three times a week. 

In 2018 the first Indigenous Foods Cooking Internship was introduced to demonstrate the health benefits of traditional foods. By keeping a daily journal these interns can also observe that exercise demonstrates how food is medicine for the body, and by making healthier food choices, the risk of becoming another diabetes statistic can be overcome.

The combined activities of the Main Youth Center (for children 4-12), the Teen Center (for teens 13-18), as well as the Garden Club, all combine to teach the youth how to be physically active and to be proactive in their health to prevent diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.