The American Diabetes Association, or the ADA, is an American health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities.
According to its mission statement, "the mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes."
To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.
In order to fulfill its mission, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) undertakes a number of activities including dissemination of information about the prevention and better management of diabetes, instituting studies and researches related to diabetes, enlists members (individual as well as institutional), maintains a network of organizations across all the states of the Unites States and many communities, and publishes papers, articles, magazines, and books.
It has two classes of membership  - a consumer membership is "designed for people with diabetes, their families and caregivers", while health care professional membership provides "physicians, nurses, research scientists, diabetes educators and other health professionals with the most current information about breakthroughs in diabetes research and treatment options."
- The American Diabetes Association's official Web site
- The American Diabetes Association's Spanish language Web site
- The American Diabetes Association's Web site for children
- The American Diabetes Association's Advocacy Action Center