Groups applaud Congress for extending diabetes programs

Diabetes advocacy groups are praising the efforts of Congress following their renewal of funding for several diabetes initiatives.

Earlier this week, lawmakers in Washington reauthorized the Special Diabetes Program. This will guarantee $150 million in funding each year through 2013 for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians and the Special Diabetes Program for Type 1 Diabetes. These initiatives provide education and support for groups affected by the disease.

Gail Marshal, chair of the American Diabetes Association's Awakening the Spirit initiative, said that more than 450 community-based programs for Native Americans receive funding through the Special Diabetes Program, and applauded the efforts of Congress to extend the initiative.

Officials from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation were similarly complimentary. Jeffery Brewer, the group's president and CEO, said in a statement that the money would help fund research that could head off an approaching public health crisis.

"At a time when the incidence of diabetes, both type 1 and 2, is rising and when a CDC modeling study predicts that one in three Americans will be living with diabetes by the year 2050, our nation cannot afford to falter in its support for research that will help to lessen and ultimately eliminate the burden of diabetes from our healthcare system," he said.
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