Hundreds of Diabetes Advocates Arrive In Washington, DC to Urge Congress to Stop Diabetes

More than 200 volunteer advocates from the American Diabetes Association will meet with their Members of Congress this week, to urge them to support federal funding for diabetes research and prevention programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Call to Congress

This year's Call to Congress is March 9th through the 11th. Aside from the advocates, children and adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes along with their family members and friends will be attending the event. In an effort to get, federal money to help find a cure for diabetes a disease that has inflicted over 26 million people in the United States alone and continues to climb daily. Researchers estimate that by the year 2050 half of the population will have diabetes. The American Diabetes association and other researchers are asking for an estimated $2.2 billion dollars to be used for research through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Conclusion

Without research money, a cure for diabetes may never be found and new treatments that could improve the quality of life for a diabetic could be put on hold for years. It is estimated that national price tag for diabetes in the US is $174 billion dollars a year.

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