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December 18, 2017

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Letters to the Editor:

Federal diabetes program is vital

I urge Nevada’s legislators to renew the Special Diabetes Program — historically bipartisan federal funding that is vital to finding a cure.

On March 21, 2016, my bike-riding, skiing, lacrosse-playing 12-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at Renown. No family history, no fast food habit, no reason at all. The pediatric intensive care unit doctor told him, “You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t eat too many Oreos. It just happened.” Type 1 diabetes can strike anyone, anytime.

My son is currently in two clinical trials. He’s endured countless needles and painful side effects. This research has also (thankfully) improved his health outcomes and given us hope we can beat this relentless disease.

Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, is on the rise, as is the more-prevalent Type 2 diabetes.

These insulin-requiring diseases will raise future health care costs, insurance premiums and taxes for everyone without more research and a cure. The 280,000 Nevadans with diabetes are counting on this program. Please renew SDP.

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