State lawmakers push to fight the "silent killer"

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By: Capitol News Service
November 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- In the Florida Capitol, a push to fight diabetes is underway.

Lawmakers rolled out new legislation on Tuesday, aiming to encourage diabetes prevention education. The bill would form a registry of diabetes educators, and create standards for those educators.

Senator Audrey Gibson from Jacksonville stated, "The disease is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations and heart disease and it claims the life of one American every three minutes."

Diabetes affects about one out of every 10 Americans, and nearly three million Floridians.

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