Asistel in English
Diabetes and Latino families
Diabetes does not discriminate. It afflicts people of all races and ethnic groups. However, for reasons that are not easy to understand, diabetes is an illness that has a higher incidence in people of indigenous extraction than among people of Caucasian origin.
For this reason it is very important for Latino Americans to learn how to protect themselves from diabetes, a disease that is one of the most severe health concerns in the United States.
Diabetes isn’t caused by black magic, or from having a big fright or from bitterness or anger. It is not contagious.
It is also important to know that, in many cases, the illness cannot be prevented completely if there is a history of the diabetes in the family. While there is no cure for diabetes, it is possible to prevent or postpone it’s complications with appropriate medications and a healthy lifestyle.
A healthy diet reduces the risk of developing diabetes. Since overweight and obesity are related to the development of diabetes, a diet low in fat and sugar and high in fruits and vegetables, plus regular exercise is important for prevention. Regular medical exams are the best way to protect your children from diabetes and other illnesses.
This information is meant only to educate and inform. Do not take or discontinue any action based on this information. It is important to consult your doctor.