Wilson Encourages Participation in American Diabetes Month

Nov 19, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) made the following remarks on the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, November is American Diabetes Month and it is important that communities throughout our nation participate in spreading awareness of the facts about the disease. Diabetes is a very serious health problem in America, as two out of three people who suffer from diabetes will die of heart disease or stroke. Diabetes also leads to other complications including blindness, high blood pressure, kidney disease, nervous system disease, amputations, dental disease, problems in pregnancy, and other health risks,” said Congressman Wilson. Watch Video “This touches my almost every family in every part America. According to the American Diabetes Association, 13 million people have been diagnosed with the disease, and an additional 5.2 million are estimated to be unaware that they are living with the disease. As for my home state of South Carolina, we have the second highest rate of diabetes in the country. “Also alarming is that ninety to ninety-five percent of diabetes cases are developed later in life, but Americans can reduce their risk by eating properly and maintaining regular exercise. “I urge everyone to get the facts about diabetes during November, the American Diabetes Month. “In conclusion, God bless our troops,” said Congressman Wilson. ###