American Diabetes Association disappointed with Bush's budget cuts for chronic disease prevention

$59 Million to be Cut From Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

7 February 2005

ALEXANDRIA, Va, USA. The American Diabetes Association is deeply disappointed by President Bush's proposed federal budget cuts to agencies responsible for responding to the diabetes epidemic facing this country. There are currently 18.2 million Americans living with diabetes and more than 40 million with pre-diabetes. These numbers are growing. Based on current estimates, we expect one in three children born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes before they reach age 50.

The Association is particularly concerned that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is slated for a 6.11% funding cut and areas within the CDC responsible for responding to the diabetes epidemic are slated for a 6.5% funding cut. "America is at a critical crossroads with respect to diabetes. The nation must choose to either battle the epidemic or turn a blind eye to those with diabetes. The ability to engage in the battle against diabetes depends on America's commitment to providing the tools needed to reduce the number of Americans with the disease and to finding a cure. The CDC operates as the front line in this battle. CDC operates essential programs such as national and state specific diabetes prevention and control efforts, national diabetes education programs, and national diabetes surveillance. Make no mistake, the President's budget cuts to CDC amount to America disengaging from the fight against diabetes. Pairing a decrease in CDC funding with near flat funding for the National Institutes of Health is short sighted. As a nation, we simply cannot afford to turn our back on Americans living with diabetes and call on the President and Congress to reconsider these proposed cuts," said Lynn B. Nicholas, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association.

Each year, diabetes costs more than 213,000 lives and over $132 billion in direct and indirect costs. The only way to decrease those staggering numbers is to increase the federal investment in prevention and control programs and toward research for a cure. The Association and its more than 37,000 advocates feel strongly that funding levels for the CDC and NIH must be increased and will be working with Congress and the Administration to this end.

Source: American Diabetes Association

CONTACT: Angie Montes of the American Diabetes Association,
+1-703-299-2087, or +1-202-257-9700, or amontes@diabetes.org

Web site: http://www.diabetes.org/

The full State of the Union address: www.whitehouse.gov/stateoftheunion/2005/index.html


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