Breaking down barriers

Medtronic is working to address health inequities for people living with diabetes. We are committed to helping reduce inequities in the utilization of diabetes technology.

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Diabetes in communities of color


Type 1 & type 2 diabetes

Native American


less likely for Black & Hispanic Americans to use a CGM.

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less likely for Black Americans to use an insulin pump.**

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* CDC. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020 pg. 4
‡ Compared to White Americans
** Agarwal Et Al., Racial-ethic Inequality In Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes. The Journal Of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Volume 105, Issue 8, August 2020, Pages E2960-e2969

Higher rates of complications

People of color face a higher rate of diabetes complications, compared to their White counterparts.Δ


more likely for Black or Hispanic Americans to die from diabetes related complications.

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more likely for Hispanic Americans to have diabetes-related amputations.

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more likely for Black Americans to present with a DKA event during Covid-19.

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more likely for Asian Americans to have end stage renal disease.

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Δ Reference: CDC, 2019. National Vital Statistics Report. Vol. 68, No. 9. Table 10. National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, Young, Maynard, and Boyko. Diabetes Care 26:2392–2399, 2003. Data Query Inequities in Diabetic Ketoacidosis Among Patients With Type 1 Diabetes and COVID-19: Data From 52 US Clinical Centers. Ebekozien et al. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2021, Vol. 106, No. 4, e1755–e1762.

Our access programs to help people start and stay on therapy

Acquire some knowledge (ASK)

ASK is a campaign to create awareness of health inequities and provide education for people living with diabetes.

Our Medtronic customers share their stories as a person of color living with diabetes.

Read our Tips for Choosing Diabetes Technology

Our commitment

Ongoing initiatives to address health equity for people of color living with diabetes.

American Diabetes Association (ADA) Community


$1M to boost access to life-saving technology
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T1D Exchange

Real-world actions

T1D exchange does more than just "analyzing the effects of interventions in current diabetes care pathway"
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National Institutes of Health

Supporting Research

NIH does more than just "study outcomes in Black youth with type 1 diabetes using technology"
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Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Report

Our mission

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