At 14, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Suddenly, life became checking blood sugars, counting carbohydrates, and taking insulin shots. I’m not alone. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, a figure expected to double within the next 25 years.
Diabetes is also incredibly expensive. I have not yet reached the deductible on my health insurance and my monthly supply of insulin, which I need to live, costs $546. Government spending on diabetes tops $322 billion annually; more than one in three Medicare dollars goes towards its treatment. The best way to bend those projections is with research through the Special Diabetes Program (SDP).
The SDP is a renowned research program; its research produces a steady stream of medical and technological breakthroughs. It is a wise and effective investment of tax dollars. Because of the SDP, I use devices that keep me healthier, devices that did not exist when I was diagnosed 17 years ago.
Funding for the SDP is set to expire at the end of September. I am grateful our Idaho congressional leaders have been supportive of the SDP in the past. I’m asking them to continue their support and approve the renewal of this program.
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Amy Colgan, Boise