Murray Helps Promote Diabetes Prevention and Awareness
Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) yesterday urged more action against diabetes and pledged a continuing focus on the prevention of chronic illnesses as a way to improve overall health and reduce health care costs.
“Diabetes is an epidemic with staggering statistics nationally and here in Massachusetts,” Murray said. “The numbers are rising and we’re even seeing children being diagnosed with type II diabetes. That’s why we funded diabetes screenings in the state budget and included in this year’s new health care reform law historic investments in community-based prevention programs and wellness incentives to reduce the rate of costly chronic diseases. Diabetes is preventable, and we need to move forward with this kind of support and continue to raise awareness today and every day.”
Murray spoke at a World Diabetes Day awareness event at the State House. The event was sponsored by Novo Nordisk, the American Diabetes Association, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Joslin Diabetes Center and the United Way of Central Massachusetts to highlight the prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts.
“The Senate President’s participation in this event and her ongoing leadership on health care issues prove that she takes the diabetes crisis seriously and is a partner in the fight against diabetes,” said Chris McGowan, Associate Director, Government Affairs, Novo Nordisk Inc. “We are fortunate to have committed advocates like Senate President Murray.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts a dramatic increase in diabetes between 2010 and 2050. Using new information from the CDC, the Institute for Alternative Futures diabetes model estimates that the number of Massachusetts residents living with diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) will increase 61 percent by 2025 from 557,200 to 895,000. The resulting medical and societal cost of diabetes could be $8.8 billion – a 66 percent increase from 2010.
November is American Diabetes Month, and November 14 was World Diabetes Day, both of which are recognized by events to highlight the importance of diabetes awareness and increased education about diabetes.
For more information about the epidemic of diabetes, please visit the American Diabetes Association’s website at www.diabetes.org.