A new law aimed at raising Diabetes awareness proclaims every November 14 “Diabetes Awareness Day” in the state of Illinois.The date corresponds with American Diabetes Month, in November. More than 800,000 Illinois residents are living with the disease, double the number 20 years ago.
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“In order to prevent diabetes, we must continue to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle to lower the risk of diabetes,” Governor Pat Quinn said before signing the bill into law. Sponsored by House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), the new law is designed to increase awareness of diabetes and educate Illinois residents about how to live healthier and prevent the disease. The governor signed the new law at Edward Hospital in Plainfield, which provides counseling and extensive education for individuals living with diabetes.
The Illinois Department of Public Health estimates that an additional 500,000 people are unaware they have the disease. Of Illinois adults with diabetes, 18.6 percent are 65 years of age or older. Diabetes-related care in Illinois costs around $7.3 billion each year.