Hispanics/Latinos Encourage to Talk about Medical History - Diabetes

Hispanics and Latinos are one of the highest nationalities at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Over 10% of the diabetic population in the United States alone are Hispanics/Latinos.

Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. The American Diabetes Association is encouraging all Hispanics and Latinos to make their family medical history specifically diabetes a part of the family conversations.

The American Diabetes association hopes that if people talk about their medical history they can prevent the onset of diabetes. They feel if family members are aware that diabetes is a large and growing problem for the Hispanic population that people will take measures to prevent diabetes and even be tested for pre diabetes.

A Statement from the American Diabetes Association

"It is particularly important for Hispanics/Latinos to know they are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes," said Lorena Drago, RD, CDE, American Diabetes Association volunteer. "It is common for families to have multiple members with diabetes, but they never talk about it. These family discussions are necessary so everyone knows their risk, especially the younger generations."

Source: American Diabetes Association

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