Our Work in Diabetes

With the prevalence of diabetes continuing to grow in many countries, it is one of the most serious chronic health challenges we face today.

More than

adults in the U.S. are
living with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately
- %
of all cases of diabetes in adults in the U.S.

Diabetes is the

leading cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide.

Diabetes is a point of passion for many colleagues at Merck, both personally and professionally.

Jeron, a Merck employee, shares his own experience living with type 2 diabetes.



Advancements in diabetes research can make a difference for patients, and there is still much more work to be done. At Merck, we strive for scientific excellence and innovation in all stages of diabetes research, from discovery through approval and afterwards. I am proud to be part of a research team that is committed to doing something truly meaningful to help people with diabetes.
Sam Engel
associate vice president, diabetes, endocrinology and women's health,
Merck Research Laboratories


America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals is a Merck-sponsored program to raise awareness among people with type 2 diabetes about the importance of working with their doctors to set and reach their A1C goal (A1C is the average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months).

A Touch of Sugar explores the diabetes health care epidemic that affects every community in the U.S., told through the voices of people united in their struggle with this chronic disease. Diabetes management doesn’t occur in isolation. These stories bring to life the emotional challenges, social factors and public perceptions that have a significant impact, but go unnoticed far too often.

Created in collaboration with Merck and directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy, the film attests to the resiliency of the human spirit and challenges the national perception of life with type 2 diabetes. Interviews with patients and their loved ones, as well as doctors, advocates and thought leaders in the space, explore the larger diabetes ecosystem at work and help to reinforce type 2 diabetes as an urgent public health issue that cannot be ignored, especially among underserved populations.

As Shenekqual prepares for her wedding, Stewart heads to Capitol Hill, Niurka provides for her family, and Susie searches for the support she needs, A Touch of Sugar sheds light on how we must fight the stigma associated with the disease and confront this epidemic – one patient and one community at a time.


Helping to Reduce Health Disparities in Diabetes

In 2016, the Merck Foundation launched a new initiative, Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, to improve access to high-quality diabetes care and reduce health disparities in vulnerable and underserved communities in the U.S.

With $16 million in funding from the Foundation over five years, Bridging the Gap will support diabetes programs in selected communities around the country, with a goal of promoting best practices in primary care and advancing collaborations to reduce diabetes disparities.



America's Diabetes Challenge
Take the next step. Get tips to help tackle common diabetes management challenges head on.