- Published: Tuesday, November 05, 2013 10:16 AM
SPRINGFIELD - As Co-chair of a bipartisan effort to educate and inform members of the General Assembly and the public about the need to do more to combat diabetes in our state, Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) is reminding the community to learn more about the symptoms of this disease, and how early detection is crucial to successfully managing the disease.
Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes treatment is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of those afflicted. The impact of unidentified and untreated diabetes conditions can be felt in every community and in every sector of state government including Medicaid, child and family welfare, public education, and others.
Currently, the outlook for our state’s health is grim. Diabetes will affect one of every three children born after the year 2000. Type 2 Diabetes represents 18 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of Diabetes for people under the age of 20. Considering that obesity is the main contributor to Type 2 Diabetes in children, the state must act now to address these serious medical conditions with far-reaching physical, public health and fiscal implications.
The Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus is working to support sound Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes policy development, elevate diabetes to a higher focal point, and create a forum for dialogue among the General Assembly, community stakeholders, and participating corporate and medical sponsors.