US Congress
United States of America

"Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.

Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives." (American Diabetes Association)

"While there is no cure for diabetes, an early diagnosis can make a difference in the successful management of the disease throughout life. When left unchecked, diabetes can cause damage to other areas of the body like the heart, kidneys and eyes. This is why it is so important to recognize type 1 diabetes symptoms, so a diagnosis can be made and a treatment plan begun as quickly as possible." (Diabetes Focus)

We the undersigned, call on the United States Congress to make blood glucose monitoring mandatory at all routine checkups for children and young adults.

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The Make Blood Glucose Testing Mandatory at Routine Checkups - USA petition to US Congress was written by Christine Buck and is in the category Health at GoPetition.