Unless Congress takes action by Friday, March 1st, every federal program, including diabetes research and prevention programs, will be cut dramatically through across-the-board funding reductions known as sequestration. We need to make sure spending cuts don’t sever the lifeline diabetes research and programs provide to the nearly 105 million Americans with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Now is the time to tell your Members of Congress how important diabetes research and prevention programs are to you and your community.
We must act together to bring attention to important programs at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control. Congress needs to understand the impact the cuts being discussed on Capitol Hill would have on diabetes research and programs to prevent and manage diabetes.
This week is our chance to tell our Members of Congress diabetes is an epidemic our nation cannot afford to ignore. While we support fiscal responsibility, we cannot balance the budget on the backs of people with diabetes.
Let your voice be heard by taking action today, and letting your Members of Congress know cutting diabetes research and prevention programs will create problems, not solve them.
Thank you for all you do to Stop Diabetes®.