Senator Roth’s Measure to Raise Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes Approved by State Senate
Senate Resolution 63 encourages health care practitioners with children under their care to discuss the warning signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes with parents
Senator Richard D. Roth’s (D-Riverside) measure to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes passed the State Senate today on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 38-0.
“I am proud to have authored Senate Resolution 63 and thank my colleagues in the State Senate for joining me in raising awareness of this life threatening disease,” said Senator Roth. “Educating parents regarding Type 1 diabetes is critical to diagnosing and treating this condition early and effectively, helping ensure children and adolescents learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.”
Despite common misconceptions, diet and lifestyle are not causes of Type 1 diabetes and it cannot be prevented. It is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease for which there is currently no cure.
SR 63 encourages health care practitioners with children under their care to discuss the warning signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes with the parents or guardians of each child at least once annually at well-child care visits from birth to 5 years of age.
SR 63 has received strong support from Education, Awareness, Support and Empowerment (EASE) T1D, an organization founded by mothers Debbie George, Robyn Lopez and Michelle Thornburg, all of whom have children with Type 1 diabetes. EASE T1D, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Institute for Education, Research and Scholarships (IFERS), a 501(c)(3), advocates educating parents on the signs and symptoms of T1D at all well baby/child care visits in an effort to prevent Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), a potentially life-threatening condition.
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