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Chasing the next potential breakthrough in diabetes treatments


What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. When you eat, your body breaks food down into sugar and releases it into your bloodstream. There, it travels to cells to be used for energy.

What is insulin?

Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, acts as a key to help unlock cells and let sugar in to provide energy. Diabetes occurs when your body does not make enough insulin, makes no insulin at all, or doesn’t respond to insulin properly. As a result, sugar remains in the bloodstream, which over time can lead to a number of serious health issues.

Facts - Diabetes

1 in 10

Americans have diabetes (34.2 million)



leading cause of death in the U.S. is diabetes



1 in 5

people with diabetes in the U.S. don't know they have it

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can be treated with diabetes pills, non-insulin injectables, insulin, or a combination of these medications, along with a healthy diet and exercise. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is possible to lead a full and active lifestyle when the disease is properly managed under the supervision of a diabetes care team.



of all U.S. diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes




is the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes for someone living with obesity


decreased probability of getting type 2 diabetes for prediabetics while losing weight by eating healthy and being more active

Type 1 diabetes

In type 1 diabetes, which accounts for 5-10% of diabetes cases, the body makes little to no insulin. Therefore, people with type 1 diabetes have to take insulin every day to manage their disease.


Less than 1/3

of people in the U.S. with type 1 diabetes consistently achieve target blood-glucose control levels


1.25 million

Americans are living with type 1 diabetes




people under the age of 20 years old have type 1 diabetes



Chasing the next potential breakthrough

We believe insulin treatment should be as simple as possible, and this has always been our philosophy. From better treatments to digital solutions, we strive to ease the burden of living with a chronic disease and meet the diverse needs of millions of people living with type 1 diabetes.

Within type 1 diabetes, we are currently conducting research in the following areas:

  • Glucose-responsive insulins
  • Connected insulin delivery devices
  • Curative stem cell treatment

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is possible to lead a full and active lifestyle when the disease is properly managed under the supervision of a diabetes care team.

When we combine the voice of someone living with a chronic disease with our scientific expertise and engineering skills, we can continue to discover and develop innovative insulins and delivery systems.


Know the signs & symptoms

If you have some of these symptoms or think that you have diabetes, you should speak with a healthcare provider. See if you are at risk of diabetes:

Visit Ask.Screen.Know. and take the diabetes risk fact assessment.

Some common signs and symptoms of diabetes are:

Need help with diabetes?

Our patient support site, Cornerstones4Care, provides resources to help you with: eating, moving, treating and staying on track.

Speak with a Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach

Our diabetes Health Coaches can help answer your questions one on one, provide healthy eating ideas and tips to help you stay strong, as well as help you stay motivated to set and reach your goals. Your Health Coach is ready to assist by phone, text or email on a schedule that’s convenient to you.

Simply call 1 (877) 322-0281 from 9 AM to 6 PM (ET) Monday-Friday.