Republican's diabetes effort tests 2,000

Republican's diabetes effort tests 2,000

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 16:36

Since 2011, the Illinois legislature's Diabetes Caucus formed by state Rep. Mike Tryon, a Crystal Lake Republican, has tested 2,000 people for free.

“It is very important to get tested for diabetes because the sooner you can get treatment the less chance an individual has to develop the harmful side effects of uncontrolled Diabetes such as stroke, heart attack, blindness and amputation,” Tryon said in a statement.

Tryon found out he had Type 2 diabetes in 2006. House Republican Leader Tom Cross has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes, as does state Rep. Jim Durkin of Western Springs.

The testing is done throughout the state at health events and hospitals, and people can learn more at

All told, the caucus is comprised of a bipartisan collection of 84 lawmakers, with five suburban members on its board, including Tryon, Cross, Durkin, and state Sens. Pamela Althoff and Kirk Dillard.

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