Diabetes Funding in Jeopardy Without Congressional Action

Without Congressional action, funding for diabetes research will dry up in September, according to a new report.

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Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 30.3 million people in the United States are living with diabetes and another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that puts them at increased risk of developing type 2. Currently, the federal government spends $150 million annually towards diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). New York Congressman Tom Reed, whose son has type 1 diabetes, is supporting a bill that would not only preserve funding for the program, but increase it for the first time since 2004.

“They’re looking for enhanced treatments, they’re looking for a cure,” notes Meghan Riley, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for the American Diabetes Association.

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