State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) applauded today's passage of a resolution urging the United States Congress to increase federal funding for research & development involving advanced medical technology used in the treatment of type 1 diabetes.

"We owe it to those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes to invest in new technology that could result in better treatment, and ultimately save lives," said Balderson. "I urge Congress to consider the cost-efficiency of enhancing care and increasing productivity."

More than one million Americans have been diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, also known as type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart disease, and death in Americans. 

Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 calls for an increase in National Institute of Health funding levels for research in, and development of, the closed-loop system and islet cell transplantation so that those who are suffering from Type 1 diabetes will have expedited access to such technology. This would enhance health care quality while saving billions of dollars in health care costs and lost productivity.

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