house resolution no.159

Reps. VanWoerkom, Aiyash, Alexander, Bezotte, Bollin, Brabec, Breen, Churches, Fitzgerald, Fox, Glanville, Haadsma, Hill, Hope, Koleszar, Lightner, Morse, Paiz, Rheingans, Rogers, Schuette, Shannon, Weiss, Wilson and Young offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare November 2023 as Diabetes Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Approximately 965,000 adults and children in Michigan are affected by Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and approximately 37.3 million Americans are affected nationwide; and

Whereas, Approximately 63,200 new people are diagnosed with diabetes each year in Michigan; and

Whereas, Type 1 diabetes typically presents during childhood or adolescence, but can also develop in adults; and

Whereas, The warning signs of Type 1 diabetes include excessive thirst, frequent urination, rapid weight loss, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness, and are often mistaken for the flu, strep throat, a growth spurt, or a urinary tract infection; and

Whereas, In 2019, approximately 283,000 children and adolescents younger than 20 years old had diagnosed diabetes in the United States; and

Whereas, The warning signs of Type 2 diabetes include increased thirst, frequent urination, increased appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and dark patches of skin; and

Whereas, As childhood obesity increases, there is an ongoing shift of Type 2 Diabetes from an adult disease to one that affects children; and

Whereas, The 2022 direct medical cost of diabetes in Michigan was estimated at $7 billion; and

Whereas, There is not a cure for Types 1 or 2 diabetes, but the diseases may be manageable through diet, exercise, insulin therapy or other medications; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare November 2023 as Diabetes Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.