Legislators get the word out about Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and for the next 30 days the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus will be featuring on their website stories of real Illinoisans who are living their lives with diabetes.

“It is important to be aware of the warning signs of diabetes and know when to see a healthcare professional,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin about the 30 days project. “These stories show that diabetes effects people in all walks of life and that many people with Diabetes have overcome the challenges and have gone on to do great things.”

30 Days of Diabetes Education is just one component of the Caucus' efforts to raise awareness. On Monday, November 4th, the caucus will participate in their annual Diabetes Summit in Springfield to learn more about advances in Diabetes research and review legislative needs in Illinois. They have also partnered with local business, health departments, and hospitals to provide free Diabetes Screenings across the state on Diabetes Awareness Day, November 14th.

"Diabetes in Illinois is an epidemic with more than 10% of the state's population suffering from either Type I or Type II diabetes," said Representative Mike Tryon, a founding member of the Illinois Legislative Diabetes Caucus. "As we promote awareness and prevention during the month of November, we must also renew our commitment to bringing stakeholders and policy makers together to improve public health for all Illinoisans.

The bipartisan, bicameral Diabetes Caucus comprised of Illinois legislators was formed in April of 2011 to raise awareness and increase Diabetes education throughout Illinois.

More from the Diabetes Caucus
Recent Diabetes Legislation passed in the Illinois General Assembly
Diabetes Stats
Diabetes Awareness License Plates