CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. 69 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Res. 69 was introduced on January 15, 2009, by Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA).
H.Res. 69 resolves that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the need to continue research into the causes, treatment, education, and an eventual cure for diabetes;
• "Commends those hospitals, community clinics, educational institutes, and other organizations that are-
o working to increase awareness of diabetes; and
o conducting research for methods to help patients and families in the Latino community suffering from diabetes;
• "Congratulates the work of the Latino Diabetes Association for its great efforts to educate, support, and provide hope for individuals and their families who suffer from diabetes;
• "Supports the designation of an appropriate month to recognize "Latino Diabetes Awareness Month"; and
• "Calls upon the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities."
According to the resolution's findings, diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin or to use the insulin produced properly. It is estimated that this year 23.6 million Americans suffer from one form or another of this disease, and 5.7 million people go undiagnosed, commonly known as pre-diabetes. Individuals suffering from diabetes can reduce their risk for complications if they are educated about their disease, learn and practice the skills necessary to better control their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, exercise, and receive regular checkups.