Diabetes Day and Healthy Illinois

As a founding member of the Illinois Diabetes Caucus, State Representative Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) celebrated Illinois Diabetes Awareness Day on November 14 by discussing the Healthy Illinois 2021 State Health Improvement Plan and then joining colleagues for a 12,000-step walk through Springfield.

Tryon was joined at a press conference on Monday by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and IL Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. Together, they spoke about the startling increase in diabetes diagnoses in the United States. “In Illinois, approximately 800,000 people age 18 and older have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and it is estimated that another 500,000 people are living with the disease and don’t know it,” said Tryon. “Nationally the statistics are equally troubling, with an estimated 23.6 million people diagnosed with Type I or Type II Diabetes.” Read more.