Brett Michaels

Poison’s Bret Michaels backs diabetes awareness proposal

Singer Bret Michaels is showing his support for a California bill that would require schools to share more information with parents and children about Type 1 diabetes.

Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child. He joined California lawmakers Wednesday in supporting the bill.

He says the legislation will save lives by aiding in diagnosing the disease and improve the quality of life for those who have it.

Democratic Sen. Richard Roth of Riverside is the bill’s author. Schools would need to begin offering more information on Type 1 diabetes by 2021. That could include descriptions of the disease, warning signs and the screening process for a diagnosis.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that hinders the body’s ability to produce insulin.

Singer Bret Michaels, left, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was six, discusses his support of a proposed bill by state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, right, during a news conference, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. If approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor, Roth’s bill would require school districts to work with schools serving K-12 students to identify methods of informing parents and students about Type 1 Diabetes and require schools to implement those methods.RICH PEDRONCELLIAP PHOTO