FIRST REGULAR SESSION
House Concurrent Resolution No. 37
96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES FRANKLIN (Sponsor), FREDERICK, CRAWFORD, LAUER, ZERR, LICHTENEGGER, CURTMAN, FRANZ, BRATTIN, WALLINGFORD, FRAKER, WETER, SMITH (150), PHILLIPS, WHITE, DAVIS, SCHATZ, HOUGHTON, CROSS, HOUGH, GOSEN, HOSKINS, HAEFNER, LASATER, CONWAY (14), LEACH, BURLISON, ASBURY, FITZWATER, JOHNSON, ENTLICHER, BROWN (85), DIECKHAUS, REDMON, WYATT, JONES (117), TORPEY AND KELLEY (126) (Co-sponsors).
Relating to the recognition of every third week in June as Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Week.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
WHEREAS, Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) is a serious condition that results from damage to nerves due to prolonged exposure to high amounts of glucose in the bloodstream as a result of diabetes; and
WHEREAS, more than half of all diabetics suffer from DPN, and the areas of the body most commonly affected by DPN are the feet and legs; and
WHEREAS, nerve damage in the feet can result in the loss of foot sensation, increasing risk of foot problems and which manifests itself in intense pain often described as aching, tingling, burning, and numbness; and
WHEREAS, in 2009, 364,000 Missourians were diagnosed with diabetes; and
WHEREAS, DPN is the leading cause of amputations, and as many as 40 to 60 percent of lower extremity amputations are due to severe forms of DPN; and
WHEREAS, DPN is preventable only to the extent that the underlying cause is preventable, requiring the individual patient's alert awareness of bodily deficiency, illness, infection or injury that can cause DPN, and the individual's willingness to seek early diagnosis and treatment; and
WHEREAS, it is absolutely fitting and proper to designate a special week to raise public awareness of DPN and its symptoms:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Missouri House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby recognize the third week of June of each year as Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) Week in Missouri; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate encourage citizens throughout Missouri to observe this week by raising public awareness regarding the symptoms and treatment of this painful and dangerous neuropathy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for the Governor for his approval or rejection pursuant to the Missouri Constitution.