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OKLAHOMA CITY – In an effort to bring more awareness to type one diabetes, one Oklahoma representative authored a resolution to make it a recognized day of its’ own.

Today, the state House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1048, which officially recognizes Wednesday, April 2, 2014, ad “Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day.”

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease which impacts around 3 million Americans.

Representative Tom Newell, author of the resolution, said this type of diabetes is growing and impacting more Oklahomas.

“Each year, around 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes,” said Rep. Newell, R-Seminole. “And worldwide, there is reportedly a 3 percent annual increase of the disease annually. This is a devastating disease and one that requires constant maintenance just to remain alive. Sufferers of Type 1 will need to rely on insulin injections or pumps and constant checking of blood sugar. These dangerous highs and lows can be life threatening.”

Newell thanked Gov. Mary Fallin for her support of this awareness day and of combating Type 1 Diabetes in Oklahoma.