1st District Congressman Ed Whitfield has joined two other U.S. House of Representatives in introducing a resolution to designate November as “National Diabetes Awareness Month.”
Whitfield, Co-Chair of the House Diabetes Caucus, said in a release Kentucky continues to rank in the top 10 every year in the number of new diabetes cases, which is one of the main reasons he serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Diabetes Caucus working to combat this terrible disease. He says that why he joined U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan of Ohio and Diana DeGette of Colorado to continue efforts to prevent and better manage diabetes.
Congressman Ryan stated that diabetes affects 30 million children and adults, and has quickly become one of our nation’s most expensive and detrimental diseases. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless steps are taken to stop this growing epidemic. He said he hopes that this resolution will help individuals in the United States fight diabetes through public awareness of prevention and treatment options, enhancing diabetes education, recognizing the importance of early detection, awareness of the symptoms and understanding the risk factors of this disease.
This legislation was endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, Healthcare Leadership Council, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance.