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Subject: Joleigh Sartiano, Miss U.S. National Forestry, brings hope to Type I Diabetics

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Date Posted: 16:23:03 08/09/10 Mon

Joleigh Sartiano meet with Congressman Sanford Bishop to discuss Diabetes funding. Congressman Bishop is a co-sponsor of a bill in Congress, HR 3668 that will provide 5 billion dollars for research specifically for Type I, or Juvenile Diabetes. Joleigh is a Type I Diabetic. There is no cure for this disease. The only treatment is insulin injections. Hopefully, if this bill is passed, a cure can be found.
She hopes Congress will pass HR 3668 in hopes of finding a cure for herself and many others. Otherwise diabetics will eventually die from complications of this disease. And the complications are many! On average, diabetics have a decreased life expectancy of 15-27 years and have a 2-4 times greater risk of having heart disease and stroke. 75% have high blood pressure, 60-70% have nervous system disease, and it’s the leading cause of blindness in 20-74 year olds and the leading cause of kidney failure. Diabetics have a greater than 60% chance of non-traumatic lower limb amputation, often have dental disease, complications from pregnancy, and are more susceptible to other illnesses and more likely to die from pneumonia or flu.
This is a very serious disease. It affects everything you do in your life, and everything you do in your life affects your diabetes. Even the timing of the things you do is extremely critical. This is a 24/7 illness. Joleigh hopes Congressman Bishop will push to have this bill passed and will be successful in influencing his colleagues to vote for it also.

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