What We’re Reading: Diabetes and Politics

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The last week has seen presidential primary contests in more than 20 states as well as the unveiling of President Bush’s final budget proposal—and both the current president and prospective presidents are drawing strong reactions from the diabetes community.

At Close Concerns, Kelly Close laments that none of the presidential candidates has returned a questionnaire sent to them on behalf of her newsletter, diaTribe, about their positions on diabetes, obesity, and government action. She notes that although millions of Americans have diabetes, its treatment and prevention have hardly been discussed in the campaign. There is a link in her blog post to a survey/petition where visitors can urge presidential candidates to take a public position on these issues.

Meanwhile, the American Diabetes Association has issued a statement condemning the Bush administration for ignoring “the gravity of diabetes” in its proposed federal budget. It notes that the budget proposal increases funds for the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) by only 0.15% and reduces the budgets of both the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The statement urges Congress to increase NIDDK funding by 6.6% and to increase funds for diabetes prevention at the CDC by $20.8 million, or a dollar for every American with diabetes.

If you would like to share your views on this issue with Congress, click here to contact your U.S. representative and here to contact your senator.

This blog entry was written by Editorial Assistant Quinn Phillips.

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