Diabetes is a growing epidemic for Hispanic Americans: ^ top
Of the 30 million Hispanic/Latinos living in the
United States, about 2 million have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Over 10 percent of all Hispanic Americans have diabetes.
On average, Hispanic Americans are 1.9 times more likely to have
diabetes than non-Hispanic whites of similar age.
Nearly half of Hispanic children born in the year 2000 are likely
to develop diabetes within their lives.
But the GOOD NEWS is the Diabetes can be Prevented: ^ top
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a landmark
trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, proved that
type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with pre-diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than
normal, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
Risk factors for pre-diabetes include: being overweight, having a
family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol,
and being part of a racial minority group, including Hispanic.
Over 500 Hispanics participated in the DPP. More than 15 percent
of all DPP participants were Hispanic/Latino.
Two out of every three Hispanics in the DPP were able to delay or
prevent the onset of diabetes.
To prevent diabetes, DPP participants:
- Were physically active for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Most
participants chose brisk walking.
- Made healthier food choices and limited the amount of fat in their
- Lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight. That's 10-15 pounds
in a person that weighs 200 pounds.
To help Hispanic and Latino Americans prevent diabetes, the National Diabetes Education Program: ^ top
Launched the "Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2.
Paso a Paso" ("Let's prevent type 2 diabetes. Step by Step")
campaign to help spread the message of hope that diabetes can be
prevented to the millions of at-risk Hispanics.
Distributed Spanish-language radio and print public service announcements
encouraging at-risk individuals to take steps towards preventing
Created free products to help Hispanics move more and eat better,
including an original scored music CD, titled "Movimientos," and
a recipe and meal planner.
The DPP proved that by making modest lifestyle changes, Hispanics
can prevent diabetes, step by step. For more information about the
NDEP's "Paso a Paso" campaign or to set up an interview
with a diabetes prevention expert, contact Darcy Sawatzki at 202-842-3600.
To order any of the materials listed above, please call the NDEP