About Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes high blood sugar levels. Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce or effectively use insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the body that moves sugar from the bloodstream into cells to use as fuel.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) occurs when the body’s immune system attacks insulin producing cells and completely stops producing insulin. It isn’t clear what causes the immune system to act this way. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin administration to control blood sugar.

Lilly Diabetes and Disney have come together to offer unique support materials for families with type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit T1Everydaymagic.com.

Learn more about our other programs and resources

Lilly Diabetes and Me

Lilly Diabetes and Me is a program that was created to help you and your family manage diabetes.

Whether you or a family member were recently diagnosed or further along your T1D journey, sign up for LD and Me. Every couple of months you will receive the latest information about Lilly innovations and other resources important to you.

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Remember, when you learn to incorporate a routine into your life, you can keep doing all the things you loved to do before you had diabetes. So, take a deep breath and believe. You can do this!

Parent and Kid Video Series

Get off to a good start by watching videos that will help you create a good routine for living with type 1 diabetes.


Curious Kids: What is Type 1 Diabetes?

These tools and resources help you manage your type 1 diabetes day to day.

Partnerships & Collaborations

Lilly and Disney: A Unique Collaboration

Lilly and Disney: A Unique Collaboration

Lilly Camp Care Package

Lilly Camp Care Package

Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards

Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards

College Resources

Lilly Diabetes College Resources

Lilly Diabetes and Disney: A Unique Collaboration

Lilly Diabetes and Disney have formed a unique collaboration to empower and inform families impacted by diabetes.

The Lilly Diabetes and Disney collaboration combines Lilly’s long history and deep understanding of diabetes with the magic of Disney storytelling to provide inspiration, education, and practical advice to families with children who have type 1 diabetes. We know that families living with type 1 diabetes face unique challenges. That’s why we’ve created a range of useful online content and programs to help families prepare for, cope with, and overcome each step of the diabetes journey from diagnosis to continued successful management.

T1 Everyday Magic

Although it comes with its share of challenges, we believe a type 1 diagnosis shouldn’t slow your child or your family down. Enjoy life to the fullest and bring everyday magic to your family with the help of T1EverydayMagic.com! Whether you’re at home or on the go, you can find T1-friendly recipes, get expert tips and advice, and access digital copies of our popular books about life with type 1 diabetes. Visit often for new updates and additional content the whole family can enjoy.

Discover Lilly and Disney’s Type 1 Diabetes Library

Our collaboration with Disney brings you these great reads for children and tweens living with type 1 diabetes.

These books tackle some of the unique challenges kids growing up with diabetes can face in everyday life, emphasizing what they can do instead of what they can’t do, including:

  • Talking with friends about diabetes
  • Balancing diabetes and athletics (on and off the field)
  • Managing diabetes away from home at school, sleepovers, and social events

Type 1 Diabetes Storybooks

Intended for young children, these books tell a simple story with familiar characters, such as Mickey Mouse and his friend Coco, the fun-loving monkey who has type 1 diabetes. Ask your pediatric endocrinologist's office for a copy or start enjoying digital versions right now. The digital books feature exclusive read-along audio.

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Main Themes: Friends, Parties, Sleepover

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Main themes: School, Talking with Friends

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Main Themes: Talking with Friends, Social Events

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Main Themes: Diagnosis, Teamwork

Type 1 Diabetes Junior Novels

Intended for school age and middle school boys and girls with type 1 diabetes, these chapter books explore how diabetes can affect relationships with peers and adults at school, at home, and in sports. Ask your pediatric endocrinologist's office for a copy or start enjoying digital versions right now.

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Main Themes: Friends, Baseball, Teammates

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Main Themes: School Play, Sleepover, New in Town

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Main themes: Sports, Talking with Friends

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Main themes: Sports, Talking with Friends

Dishing It Up Disney Style Cookbook

Spark a little magic in your type 1 meal planning with Dishing It Up Disney Style, a carb-friendly cookbook with recipes your whole family will eat up. From Piglet’s oatmeal pancakes to Goofy’s zucchini frittata, these recipes are sure to tickle your taste buds!

Ask your pediatric endocrinologist's office for a copy or visit T1EverydayMagic.com to explore these recipes and more.


Every type 1 family has their own story to tell. Get inspired by real families with the “Living With Type 1 Diabetes” video series on YouTube® developed by Lilly Diabetes and Disney.

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Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program recognizes people with type 1 diabetes who have successfully managed diabetes with insulin for 10, 25, 50, or 75 years

At Lilly Diabetes, we recognize that every person with type 1 diabetes is on a unique and challenging lifelong journey. But they’re not alone—and while we work hard to equip people with the resources they need to help overcome challenges, we’re also here to celebrate the successes.

The Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards program has recognized thousands of individuals who have successfully managed their diabetes for 10, 25, 50, even 75 years. The awards are meant to honor those who have long been successful, but also to inspire others to believe they can do it, too.

Those who receive Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards are a testament to all people with diabetes that learning how to manage their health and adapting to the ever-changing technology of diabetes care can lead to a long and successful diabetes journey.


Medals are presented to people with diabetes in the United States throughout the year. Applicants must have type 1 diabetes and must have been taking any brand of insulin continuously for 10, 25, 50, or 75 years to qualify. Each recipient receives an elegant award, beautifully engraved with their name, along with a signed letter from our CEO, Dave Ricks, encouraging their continued success.

Applying for a Lilly Diabetes Journey Award

Individuals with type 1 diabetes or parents of children with type 1 diabetes in the United States can complete and submit the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards application by clicking the link below. If you are outside the United States and are interested in learning more about recognition programs in your country, please contact your local Lilly affiliate for more information.

Once your application is received, your medal will be sent in 4 to 6 weeks.

For additional information about the Lilly Diabetes Journey Awards Program, please contact the Journey Awards Administrator at 1-888-545-5115. Contact Lilly with general questions or for more information.

Lilly Diabetes Journey AwardsSM is a service mark of Eli Lilly and Company.

Lilly Camp Care Package

The Lilly Camp Care Package provides diabetes educational kits, inspirational speakers, insulin, and other supplies to camps for children with diabetes.

American Diabetes Association Survey Shows Summer Camp Can Positively Impact Children’s Disease Management Skills, Confidence And Stress. Read more.

Diabetes Educational Kit

Lilly Diabetes provides a user-friendly diabetes educational kit — in a durable, high-quality Lilly Camp Care backpack that can be personalized with an emergency contact tag sewn inside — to each camper attending a camp that participates in the Lilly Camp Care Package program. Items in the kit are thoughtfully created to help kids learn how to manage diabetes in a fun-filled, friendly way.

Parent/Caregiver Kit

The kit is designed for parents/caregivers to provide useful information about diabetes and inform them of other resources offered through the Lilly Camp Care Package program.

Find a Diabetes Summer Camp in Your Area

Diabetes Education and Camping Association (DECA)

American Diabetes Association®

American Diabetes Association® is a registered trademark of American Diabetes Association

College Resources

College is an important point in the lives of young adults – when they take on full responsibility for their diabetes care. Lilly Diabetes supports programs to help with this transition.

College Diabetes Network: for the highs and lows of college

The College Diabetes Network (CDN) creates a community of young adults with diabetes through its national network of campus-based chapters and empowers all students through the hub of resources available on their website. Campus life and independence are complicated enough without diabetes. CDN helps to make this transition a little easier. Lilly Diabetes is proud to be the organization’s first Founding Level Corporate Member.

Originally founded in 2009 by a college student, CDN started out as a small student group on one campus but quickly grew into a national organization with chapters throughout the country. CDN’s mission is to empower and improve the lives of students living with diabetes through peer support and access to information and resources.

“CDN’s partnership with Lilly Diabetes began when Lilly Diabetes became our first Founding Level Corporate Partner. Lilly’s commitment to our mission from the very beginning has been an integral part of our community’s growth. But even more important and impactful is their continued commitment to collaboration- helping us to transform the experience of all young adults with diabetes” said Christina Roth, CDN’s CEO and Founder.

Find out about the College Diabetes Network and check to see if there is a chapter on your campus.