Letters to the Editor

Congress should extend Special Diabetes Program for the U.S.

As Congress considers legislation to reform health care, one program I hope all of our leaders will work to renew is the Special Diabetes Program. As someone who has lived with type 1 diabetes for almost five years, I can attest to the complications associated with the disease and the impact it has had on my life.

Yet thanks to research and new technologies developed through the Special Diabetes Program, I am able to live a life that would not have been possible two decades ago when we didn’t have as much information about type 1 diabetes.

Since its inception, the Special Diabetes Program has fostered collaboration between the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the broader research community to accelerate the pace of studying the onset of type 1 diabetes. This collaboration has culminated in the development of insulin and insulin administration devises; glucose monitors; and artificial pancreas technologies — all of which has contributed to an improved quality of life for those like me who live with type 1 Diabetes.

In order to continue making breakthroughs into treating and ultimately curing diabetes, I urge Congress to renew the Special Diabetes Program.

Ariana Shakibnia, Washington, D.C.

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