Letter from the President
Diabetes Alternative Research and Healthcare Foundation was established to meet the critical need for funding research which can help clarify the efficacy and effectiveness of complementary and alternative therapies to develop cures and innovative methods for treating diabetes and its many complications.
Despite the efforts of many organizations to educate the public on ways to reduce risk factors and treat diabetes, the epidemic continues to worsen. A recent Gallup survey showed a dramatic rise in the cases of diabetes which now affect 11.3% of Americans. As of the third quarter of 2009, about 26 million Americans now have diabetes, with over 57 million individuals at risk of developing diabetes. If current trends continue this number would increase to 37 million by the end of 2015.
Diabetes Alternative Research and Healthcare Foundation will fund research that focuses on complementary and alternative therapies to develop cures and innovative methods for treating diabetes and its many complications. Many doctors are now expressing interest in alternative, natural health and complementary forms of healing. A report developed by the National Center for Health Statistics noted in 2004 that more than 36% of the U.S. population used some form of alternative health care, and in 2007 adults in the U.S. spent $339 billion on visits to CAM practitioners and products. However, much of this alternative health care has not been well researched.
In addition to funding this important research, we will attempt to educate the public about the results of studies relating to complementary and alternative therapies to treat diabetes and its many complications.
Your support in helping us meet our goals for improving the lives of so many people living with diabetes is deeply appreciated.
Jane DeVane, MS,RD,CDE