House-adopts Madden resolution recognizing November as National Diabetes Month in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, said she is pleased to announce that the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted her resolution as “National Diabetes Month” in Pennsylvania.
Madden’s resolution, H.R. 1170, calls attention to diabetes, which is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar that results from an insufficient production of insulin in the body.
Madden said in Monroe County, the Juvenile Diabetes ‘One Walk,’ brings out many participants.
“The diabetes organization in Monroe County has been doing the walk since 2012 in Stroudsburg to raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to fight this deadly disease and to help local folks with programs who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes,” Madden said.
But further research and greater awareness continues to be needed, she said.
“I am sure we all know someone who suffers from the disease, whether it’s a family member, friend or co-worker, and that is one of the reasons my resolution calls for a heightened understanding of diabetes which can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease, limb amputation and even death,” Madden said.
According to the American Diabetes Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, it’s estimated that one out of every three children born over the last 18 years in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes.
Madden said nearly 30.3 million Americans suffer from this disease and 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed in the United States every year and it is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the country.