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Sixty years ago, there weren’t any proven strategies to prevent diabetes complications like blindness, kidney disease, or heart disease. Today people with diabetes who control their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol can prevent or delay complications.
In the fifties, about one in five people with type 1 diabetes died within 20 years after diagnosis. Now, with proper care, these individuals can have a normal lifespan.
And recently, the FDA approved a medication to treat a diabetic eye disease that can cause people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes to lose their eye sight.
Life has improved for people with diabetes, and research continues to offer hope.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is committed to sharing the latest in health information. Visit the websites below to learn more about current diabetes research or to participate in a clinical trial.
Learn about the importance of clinical trials, and browse the national database of publicly and privately supported clinical trials conducted around the world.
Browse clinical trials by topic and location, and learn more about relevant history, policies and laws.
| Learn about NIDDK’s involvement in advancing diabetes research.
Browse NIDDK-funded diabetes research and resources.
Learn about research advances by NIDDK-funded scientists.
Learn about NIDDK’s accomplishments over the past 60 years in supporting and conducting research.
Diabetes Research Resources
Read special reports about diabetes research, and learn more about practice guidelines, past clinical trials, and study results.
Read, download, and order diabetes publications and resources.
Page last updated October 1, 2013