Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas More than twenty-five million American children and adults, including more than 300,000 people living in Massachusetts, have diabetes, a serious disease that has no cure; and

Whereas Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts them at the highest risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes; and

Whereas Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life; and

Whereas It is unclear what causes diabetes, but it is believed that genetics and behavioral factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles; and

Whereas Diabetes is the fifth-leading cause of death by disease in the United States; and

Whereas More than one third of the people with diabetes, roughly seven million Americans, don't know they have the disease; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to minimize the effects of diabetes among all Massachusetts citizens,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 14th, 2012, to be

MASSACHUSETTS DIABETES DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this ninth day of November, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth. 

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts