Inflicts a Dangerous Toll on Hispanics in the United States
- by Charlotte Hodge, R.N., Nurse Practitioner
The numbers speak for themselves
style changes can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes
Hereditary plays a major role in the development of type 2 diabetes. The best “Insurance policy” one can have to prevent developing diabetes is to reach and maintaine normal weight and participate in regular exercise.
Obesity—-Critical in Diabetes and Major Problem of Its Own
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of Type 2 (Adult onset) diabetes. It is also a major cause of illness and death in the United States in its own right. Overweight now affects more than one out of every three Americans, and its prevalence has increased 30 percent over the past decade alone. Obesity increasingly affects minorities, with over 60 percent of African American, Mexican American, and Native American women meeting the criteria for obesity. Also, the prevalence of obesity in children and teens is increasing at alarming rates, leading to development of Type 2 diabetes in these younger groups.
Since we understand the relationship between obesity and diabetes, the problems associated with obesity must be more closely examined. The effects of obesity on death rates depend not only on the total amount of fat, but on how the fat is distributed. The fat that accumulates around the waste line is linked to a much higher health risk than fat which is more evenly distributed.
A lack of physical activity along with excessive food intake causes obesity. Obesity is related not only to the risk of Type 2 diabetes but also to an increase in blood pressure and blood fats, which causes early “hardening of the arteries” and coronary heart disease.
obesity would greatly reduce the number of people with diabetes.
To curb the devastating complications and costs associated with diabetes, it is important that community-based efforts are intensified to increase awareness about blood sugar control and complication prevention. Through early detection and treatment, exercising regularly, and following a healthy diet, Hispanics with diabetes can prevent and/or delay the serious complications of the disease.
Diabetes is the name for a group of chronic (lifelong) diseases than can be controlled but not cured as yet. It affects the way the body uses food. After eating food the body changes sugars, starches, and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. The bloodstream carries this glucose to the body cells, where with the help of insulin (a hormone produced in the pancreas) it is changed into quick energy for immediate use or stored for future use. In diabetes, this normal process is changed causing build up of the sugar in the bloodstream.
The build up of sugar in the blood stream causes the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Over time the buildup of sugar in the blood stream affects every system in the body resulting in the long term complications of diabetes.
DO YOU HAVE DIABETES?
Signs / Symptoms:
If you have any of the above signs and symptoms or are in any of the these risk groups, you should be tested for diabetes.
Latinos at age 45 and older should be tested yearly.
All Latino women should be tested when pregnancy is first discovered and again between the 24 to 28th week of pregnancy.
Diabetes Solutions was founded in February 2000 by three Certified Diabetes Educators with an accumulation of 48 years experience in educating and supporting patients with diabetes. After working 16 years for a large for profit national organization, it became clear that many community hospitals were unable to support the cost of such multi-level programs. The company provides cost-effective support to physicians and hospitals in caring for patients, without incurring the overhead inherent in large corporations. Diabetes Solutions collaborates with hospitals, payers and physicians who desire to provide education to patients, professionals and the public and teams with community resources in order to work with all populations regardless of a patient’s resources. The programs of Diabetes Solutions are broad based but also reach out to specialized needs, including diabetes and pregnancy, children with diabetes, insulin pump patients, support groups for adults, youth and parents and Spanish speaking individuals. Diabetes Solutions works closely with the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
E-Mail them for more information, or call Diabetes Solutions offices at (909) 276-8243.