Senate ResolutionNo. 63

Introduced by Senator Roth

February 19, 2016

Senate Resolution No. 63—Relative to Type 1 diabetes awareness.

P1    1WHEREAS, Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects an
2estimated 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population,
3on a daily basis; and

4WHEREAS, Approximately 3.8 million people in California
5are living with diabetes, and it is estimated that over one million
6Californians are undiagnosed; and

7WHEREAS, Diabetes costs an estimated $37.1 billion in
8 California each year; and

9WHEREAS, Type 1 diabetes accounts for $14.9 billion in health
10care costs in the United States each year; and

11WHEREAS, Type 1 diabetes, previously called juvenile-onset
12diabetes, occurs when the body does not produce insulin, a
13hormone that is necessary to convert sugar, or glucose, into energy;

15WHEREAS, Type 1 diabetes is the third most common
16auto-immune disease found among children; and

17WHEREAS, Between 2001 and 2009 there was a 21-percent
18increase in the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in people under 20
19years of age; and

20WHEREAS, Only 5 percent of diabetics have Type 1 diabetes,
21and it is typically diagnosed in children and young adults; and

22WHEREAS, Early diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes can help prevent
23diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially fatal condition that develops
24from high blood glucose levels; and

25WHEREAS, In 2009, among hospital discharges of children
26and young people 0 to 17 years of age, about 74 percent had
P2    1diabetes as the first-listed diagnosis, and of these patients, 64
2percent of the diagnoses were for diabetic ketoacidosis; and

3WHEREAS, Education concerning Type 1 diabetes is critical
4to raising awareness and diagnosing and treating this condition
5effectively; and

6WHEREAS, With the help of insulin therapy and other
7treatments, young children and adolescents can learn to manage
8their condition and live long, healthy lives; now, therefore, be it

9Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate
10encourages all health care practitioners with children under their
11care to discuss the warning signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes
12with the parents or guardians of each child at least once annually
13at well-child care visits from birth to 5 years of age; and be it

15Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
16this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.