Diabetes: First Focus of Health Power’s Big 4 Targets

DIABETES – – Focus No. 1 of Health Power’s Big 4 Targets

There’s no better time than now for a wake-up call about the possible dangers of Health Power’s “Big 4 Targets for Minority Health™ – diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart disease and  November is American Diabetes Month.Big 4 Graphic with Diabetes focusWe call them “the Big 4” because they strike hard and often at minorities/multicultural populations/people of color. That’s why preventing and controlling them is very closely linked to living long and living well.

 As of 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes[i]. That’s about 1 out of every 1o people. And guess what? One (1) out of every four (4) of those 29.1 million Americans, don’t even know that they have diabetes.

People with diabetes have a higher risk of developing:

  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Loss of toes, feet, or legs

American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Blacks (non-Hispanics), and Hispanic/Latino Americans experience higher rates of diagnosed diabetes than their Asian American and White neighbors[ii] (see the reference below for a graphic with the different rates of diagnosed diabetes).

Over the next few weeks and months Health Power will be discussing each of “our Big 4 Targets”, including their impact on different races, ethnicities, and genders.

For more Health Power information about Our Big 4 Targets Click here.

Also, check out our blog post on the “Diabetes and Obesity Partnership – Understand and Act on Them”.

Other key sources of Information on Diabetes:

American Diabetes Association website in English – at http://www.diabetes.org/

American Diabetes Association website in Spanish  -at http://www.diabetes.org/es/?loc=util-header_es

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) – Look for CDC’s infographic on Diabetes on our Blog soon.



Let’s all ‘Get With The Program’ in better preventing and controlling diabetes to live longer and live well, and:

Remember the Health Power motto, or tagline: Knowledge + Action = Power!®

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