Assemblymember Bloom Announces Creation of Select Committee on Diabetes & Heart Disease Prevention

Thursday, March 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) announced the creation of the Select Committee on Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention. The committee, which he will Chair, is tasked with examining the epidemics of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, and other associated health outcomes.  


“Millions of Californians are suffering from the destructive health impacts and mounting financial burdens of type 2 diabetes and obesity,” said Assemblymember Bloom (D-Santa Monica). “We are facing an epidemic and this committee will allow us to study the scale of the problem and develop strategies to mitigate it.”


Over half of Californians suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes; most of those diagnosed with pre-diabetes will go on to develop diabetes in their lifetime. Additionally, over two thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese, and obesity rates have tripled among children since 1980.  Both obesity and diabetes are associated with, and often lead to, a number of other adverse health outcomes including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, liver failure, and tooth decay. These preventable diseases cost the state tens of billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs. Diabetes, in particular, is now the most expensive chronic condition in the country in terms of personal health care spending and those with diabetes spend over twice as much on medical expenditures as those without.

The Select Committee, in a series of hearings held throughout the state, will study these various health outcomes, examine their causes, and explore how best to address them.   


Richard Bloom chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation.  He represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.