National Impact of the Special Diabetes Program

The SDP (Special Diabetes Program) supports research to cure, treat, and prevent type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes treatment and prevention strategies for American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

The program has demonstrated tangible results and has become a critical part of our nation’s federal investment in diabetes research, treatment and prevention efforts. The program currently provides
$150 million per year for each part of the program.

National Burden

26 million
adults & children
in the US
have diabetes
1 in 3
children born in 2000 are
likely to develop (some form of)
diabetes during their lifetime.
1 in 3
Medicare dollars
is spent on
people with diabetes
 

SDP Funding is supporting

Trials to
regenerate
the insulin-producing
cells in the pancreas
Artificial Pancreas
Technologies
that give patients tighter
blood glucose control
& avoid high/low sugar levels
Research
to Halt
autoimmune attacks
that cause type 1 diabetes
 

How is Affected?
 

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N-DIAGNOSED DEMONYM (%DIAGNOSED%)
have diagnosed diabetes
 
RENAL new cases of end-stage renal
disease relates to diabetes
 
POOR% of adults with diabetes
reported at least 1 day of
poor health a month
 
$XXX in direct and indirect
costs due to diabetes to
the health system.
 
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1996
2011
Average blood sugar level
decreased from 9.0% in 1996
to 8.0% in 2011
 
 
Reduced blood sugar levels help lower the risk of eye, kidney and nerve complication by 40%
 
 
1998
2011
Average LDL (bad) cholesterol
declined from 118 mg/dL in
1998 to 94 mg/dL in 2011
 
 
Improved LDL can reduce
cardiovascular complications by 20%-50%
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