National Diabetes Awareness Month 2023

Type 1 diabetes won’t stop us from moving forward. 

November marks National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when the world comes together to shed light on a chronic disease that affects millions. Moving Forward for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) unites us, urging everyone to join in and collectively stride towards a brighter, healthier future for those living with T1D.


Get inspired by the T1D community this NDAM and share your own #Forward4T1D Story

Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help us move Forward for Type 1 Diabetes  

Print and Share T1D Educational Posters in Your Community

Spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of T1D, dispel misconceptions and explain the differences between type 1 and type 2.


Become an Advocate

Use your voice to help secure Federal funding for important diabetes research, inform health and regulatory policy, and improve the quality of life for those affected by T1D until we find cures.

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Connect with T1D Experts and Peers

Join us on November 14th for our JDRF TypeOneNation Summit Virtual Session “T1D Across the Globe” perfect for all ages and stages of T1D. In recognition of #NationalDiabetesAwareness Month, this session will focus on progress in T1D management and innovations from JDRF and our global affiliates

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Learn About T1D Screening

Being diagnosed with T1D means a lifetime of dependence on insulin and careful management to avoid dangerous blood-sugar highs and lows. Now, families can use testing to begin to determine their T1D risk, so they have time to plan, prepare and prevent serious complicatios from an unexpected diagnosis. 

Learn about T1Detect

Support T1D Research through a JDRF Event

Help JDRF move cures Forward with every step you Walk or every mile you Ride or Run!

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Participate in Research through Clinical Trials

The many advances in medical devices and treatments for people living with T1D exist thanks to clinical trials—a mission-critical part of our work at JDRF. JDRF makes participation easy with our Clinical Trials Connection online tool. Check it out for yourself and inspire others to do the same!

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“Wear and Share” Forward for Type 1 Diabetes

Download our Microsoft Teams and Zoom backgrounds

Forward for Type 1 Diabetes T-shirt 

Spread Awareness for National Diabetes Awareness Month all November long with JDRF’s signature 2023 t-shirt! Plus, $1 from every t-shirt purchase will benefit JDRF research.

JDRF & Little Words Project 

Exclusively for National Diabetes Awareness Month, JDRF has partnered with Little Words Project on a custom “Forward4T1D” bracelet that will help us spread awareness for type 1 diabetes and how together, moving forward for T1D unites us to work toward a future that’s brighter for everyone living with this disease. For every bracelet purchased, Little Words Project will donate 25% to JDRF!

Where’s Rufus?

Our pal Rufus, the Bear with Diabetes®, has been keeping busy this fall, visiting newly diagnosed children and their families, tagging along for check-ups, and spreading awareness about life with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

But he’s never too busy to have some fun! In our new game, Where’s Rufus, we’ve hidden our fuzzy friend in a handful of everyday locations—your job is to find his hiding spot!

Lets Go!

See the progress we’ve made together on our T1D advancements Timeline

From the creation of the first prototype of an insulin pump in 1968 to advances in screening for T1D in 2018, the path to cures and treatments has been a journey of human imagination, perseverance, and resilience. When you plot yourself on our T1D Timeline, you’ll discover the progress made during your lifetime and see just how far we’ve come.

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Thank you to our 2023 NDAM partners

Check out how JDRF celebrated NDAM in the past!