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'Reegan's Rule' Legislation Aims to Prevent Tragedies of Undiagnosed Diabetes

By Mike Hoskins on May 5, 2015

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We hear the heartbreaking stories way too often of kids and adults who aren't aware of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes, and it ends up being too late when the realization finally hits. That's what happened in 2013 in North Carolina, when a 14-month old girl named Reegan died as a result of her diabetes going undetected.

Now, that little girl's death is serving as a catalyst for change. North Carolina is poised to become the first state to pass a law encouraging doctors to tell parents about the warning signs of type 1 diabetes during regular office wellness visits. If passed and signed into law, "Reegan's Rule" would take effect Oct. 1 and could very well help prevent undiagnosed diabetes by raising awareness early on.


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