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Prevengamos la Diabetes tipo 2. Paso a Paso


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 diet.

    - 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 diabetes.

  • 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 at 1-800-438-5383.