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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 21, 2017 02:23 PM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Recognizing November 14, 2017, as “World Diabetes Day”
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution to recognize November 14, 2017, as “World Diabetes Day” in Pennsylvania.

“World Diabetes Day” was first introduced by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991 to raise awareness of the escalating incidence of diabetes worldwide. In 2007, “World Diabetes Day” became an official United Nations (UN) World Health Day after the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 61/225 in December 2006, recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating disease.

Sadly, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in Pennsylvania. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 1,455,000 people in Pennsylvania, or more than 12% of the population, have diabetes. There are several risk factors for diabetes including genetics, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, gestational diabetes during pregnancy, being over the age of 45, being a member of a high-risk ethnic group, as well as being overweight and having an inactive lifestyle. Although there is no cure for diabetes, the risk can be dramatically reduced with healthy eating, physical activity, and the use of medication.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this resolution in an effort to raise awareness of diabetes, a disease that adversely impacts many citizens of our Commonwealth.

Introduced as HR98