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A new bill to address the growing diabetes epidemic has been introduced by Senator Hilary Clinton of New York and Senator Susan Collins of Maine, along with Representatives Eliot Engel and Vito Fossella of New York.
According to Senator Clinton, "With a payment system that rewards treatments for complications, but not the low-cost prevention initiatives that could stop such complications from occurring, our healthcare system is ill-equipped to handle the growing prevalence of diabetes. This legislation is the first step in establishing the important diabetes prevention and disease management initiatives necessary to meet the needs of the more than 60 million people living with diabetes or who are at risk for developing diabetes."
The bill addresses policies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Diabetes Translation, which is the division that "translates science into daily practice." According to Senator Collins, "Diabetes funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not been increased in the past four years, while, over the same period, the prevalence of diabetes has increased by nearly thirty percent.
The legislation…provides increased funding for the CDC so that it can translate medical research into programs and practices that can be used in local communities to help people suffering from diabetes to manage their disease and to help those at risk for diabetes to prevent or delay the onset of the disease."
In addition to setting up grants for research on how to apply scientific research about diet and exercise to real-world clinical practice, the bill would increase the ability of state and local health departments to engage in surveillance and education activities. It would also establish projects to determine the best way to treat diabetes when it occurs in conjunction with other chronic health problems such as obesity.
Sources: News Release, Senator Hilary Clinton
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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