Congressman Tim Ryan Introduces Legislation to Designate November as “National Diabetes Awareness Month”

Nov 6, 2015 Issues: Health and Wellness

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan introduced legislation yesterday to designate November as “National Diabetes Awareness Month” – Co-Chairs of the House Diabetes Caucus, Representatives Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) cosponsored the legislation.

“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 we take steps to stop this growing epidemic. It is my hope 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,” said Congressman Ryan (OH-13).  

“My home state of Kentucky continues to rank in the top 10 every year in the number of new diabetes cases. This is one of the main reasons I serve as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Diabetes Caucus working to combat this terrible disease. I am proud to join Representatives Ryan and DeGette in introducing this important resolution, which recognizes the month of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, and to continue our efforts to prevent and better manage diabetes.” – Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01).

“In the past year, 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and millions more remain undiagnosed. This disease affects people in every community and of every age and race. Diabetes Awareness Month is an important opportunity to educate the public and help those dealing with diabetes get the treatment they need, and I am pleased to work with Congressman Whitfield, my co-chair for the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, and Congressman Ryan to help spread the word and support everyone dealing with diabetes,” said Rep. DeGette (CO-01).

This legislation was endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, Healthcare Leadership Council, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance.