American Diabetes Association Applauds the Introduction of the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Access and Care Act
The American Diabetes Association (Association) applauds U.S. Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) and U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) for their leadership in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and end health disparities through the introduction of HR 3322, the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Access and Care Act (EDDPAC), legislation that will promote diabetes research, treatment and prevention in minority populations.
Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, and another 79 million have prediabetes, placing them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. While Americans of every race, gender and ethnicity are affected by this disease, diabetes disproportionately effects minority populations. The statistics are staggering and on the rise. Compared with 7.1 percent of non-Hispanic white adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes, 16.1 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native, 12.6 percent of African American, 11.8 percent of Hispanic/Latino American, and 8.4 percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. EDDPAC provides the dedicated focus needed to reach and address the unique health concerns of these populations through education, prevention and treatment.
“The American Diabetes Association strongly supports the introduction of the Eliminating Disparities in Diabetes Prevention, Access and Care Act,” said Ho L. Tran, MD, MPH, Vice Chair, Asian Pacific American Diabetes Action Council, American Diabetes Association. “The Association is dedicated to eliminating the disparate effects of diabetes on minority populations. This legislation is a critical step in addressing the devastating consequences of diabetes in our communities, including blindness, end-stage kidney disease, amputation and heart disease. It is essential to advancing the fight to Stop Diabetes in minority populations.”
With the rate and cost of diabetes on the rise among minority populations, there has never been a more crucial time for Congress to support legislation that will develop and implement necessary solutions. EDDPAC provides resources to improve diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health, enhance treatment and prevention programs administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and strengthen efforts by the Health Research and Services Administration to improve the health workforce in underserved areas affected by diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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