This Hispanic Heritage Month, Take Steps to Stop Diabetes®

Victor H. Gonzalez, MD, Chair, Latino Diabetes Action Council, American Diabetes Association

This weekend marked the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), and to celebrate the American Diabetes Association is calling on people to increase their physical activity and take steps to Stop Diabetes. Throughout the month, the Association will hold education sessions, health screenings and other events in Hispanic/Latino communities across the country to help raise awareness of the disease.

Why? Nearly 26 million adults and children are living with diabetes in the United States, and Hispanics/Latinos are 66 percent more likely to have diagnosed diabetes compared to non-Hispanic Caucasians. This community also has a higher risk of complications from diabetes, such as retinopathy. And Latinas are 50 percent more likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

These are scary statistics, but we believe that getting information to the Hispanic/Latino community about the seriousness of diabetes and providing resources to help lower their risk and manage the disease is essential. We hope our Hispanic Heritage Month initiative will contribute to people leading healthier lives by becoming more physically active and more empowered about steps they can take to Stop Diabetes.

Exercising works well to help reduce obesity and the risk of type 2 diabetes. Walking is an easy way to get started, but any activity will do. So get out your sneakers, strap on that pedometer, turn on some good music — whatever gets you moving! And if you haven’t recently, consider getting screened so you know important health numbers such as blood glucose level, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Many Hispanics/Latinos feel guilty spending time and money on their personal health. They feel selfish putting their own health care ahead of their family’s needs. The opposite should be true. Your family needs you to be healthy and feeling your best, so that you can be there for them. Visit the Association’s website to learn more about Por Tu Familia and the Association’s other Hispanic/Latino community programs.

Celebrate your Hispanic heritage! Take steps to Stop Diabetes for yourself, for your family and for your community.

Victor H. Gonzalez, MD
Chair, Latino Diabetes Action Council
American Diabetes Association

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2 Responses to This Hispanic Heritage Month, Take Steps to Stop Diabetes®

  1. Ricardo Alfredo Echauri says:

    Buenas tardes Sr. Gonzalez: Es para mi un verdadero placer poder comunicarme con Ud., quisiera poder resumirle toda mi situación, sin que tome esto como un lamento, ya que adoro la vida que llevo y quisiera lograr un mejor standard, para mi y mi familia. Soy diabético desde los 40 años hoy cuento con 55 años recien cumplidos el 30/08, ya pase por dos angio plastias coronarias debidas a obstrucciones producidas por placas calcificadas de mis propias
    plaquetas sanguineas. Realmente llevo una vida sana con el mayor de los cuidados pero creo que el desconocimiento es mi mayor enemigo, se me llena la cabeza de dudas y preguntas obvias para quien desconoce como yo, como disminuir la absorción del calcio? ya que el mismo esta en casi todos los alimentos incluidos los que yo crei eran sanos para mi. Me recetaron tomar una aspirineta diaria por mi problema cardíaco, pero me encontre con un temario en internet donde dice que algunos pacientes con diabetes II como yo, rechazan la accion antiplaquetaria y anticoagulante de las aspirinas (aspirinetas ass 100mgr de uso pediatrico) desconozco como llaman a lo mismo en USA. Realmente no se mcomo hacer. Bueno le agradezco desde ya su valorable atención, y quedo a su entera disposición para lo que pudiera necesitar y este a mi alcance.-

    Le envio cordiales saludos. Ricardo A. Echauri

  2. D V Srikanth says:

    These events organized by the American Diabetes Association would go a long way in educating the diabetics about the significance of physical exercise in combating the ailment (diabetes). It is a scientifically proven fact that regular aerobic exercise, by itself, is like a powerful anti-diabetes medication. It can be hoped that as a result of this Heritage Month, more and more people, especially diabetics, would start to include physical exercise in their everyday schedules.

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