Diabetes

April 13, 2023

Our Goal: To improve the lives of people with diabetes through support for diabetes research funding and improved clinical care.

Why We Care

Endocrinologists are often on the frontlines of the all-consuming, complex diabetes public health crisis. The Endocrine Society works to make a positive difference in the lives of patients with diabetes, and advocates for access to affordable care and diabetes supplies, and better funding for research focused on diabetes and its comorbidities. Learn more about this growing epidemic, its staggering costs, and who it disproportionately affects by downloading our print-ready resources linked below. Participate in our advocacy efforts to lower the cost of insulin.

  • Success! Thanks to our advocacy, the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) was included in a health legislative package, which passed the House on Wednesday, March 6, and is expected to pass the Senate on the morning of Friday, March 8. The Congress agreed to extend SDP through December 31, 2024 and provide a $10 million increase for each component of the program – type 1 research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and type 2 prevention and treatment programs for Alaska Natives and American Indians.

Position Statements Regarding Diabetes

Resources

Recent Events

  • We held a Diabetes Hill Day advocacy event on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Members met with Congressional staff to discuss the Society’s diabetes-related issues and policy priorities, including funding for the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). This effort was successful, with Congress agreeing to extend SDP through December 31, 2024 and provide a $10 million increase for each component of the program – type 1 research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and type 2 prevention and treatment programs for Alaska Natives and American Indians.
  • We held a Diabetes Hill Day advocacy event on Monday, April 17, 2023. Members met with Congressional staff to discuss the Society’s diabetes-related issues and policy priorities, including the Special Diabetes Program, diabetes research, and diabetes prevention.  
  • We held a virtual Congressional briefing on March 2, 2022, on "Risk of Diabetes After COVID-19 Infection" Watch the recording. 
  • We held a virtual Congressional briefing on November 19, 2021, on "100 Years of Insulin: Progress Made & What's Next." Watch the recording.
  • We recently asked endocrinologists across the country to share stories concerning their patients’ lack of access to affordable insulin. Read them here

Take Action

Make Your Voice Heard

We rely on your voice to advocate for our policy priorities. Join us to show our strength as a community that cares about endocrinology. Contact your U.S representatives or European Members of Parliament through our online platform. Take action and make a difference today.

We rely on your voice to advocate for our policy priorities. Join us to show our strength as a community that cares about endocrinology. Contact your U.S representatives or European Members of Parliament through our online platform. Take action and make a difference today.

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Who We Are

For 100 years, the Endocrine Society has been at the forefront of hormone science and public health. Read about our history and how we continue to serve the endocrine community.