DIABETES – – Key Target Among Health Power’s “Big 4” Targets
There’s no better time than November for a wake-up call about the possible dangers of diabetes, which is one of Health Power’s “Big 4 Targets for Minority Health™ because November is American Diabetes Month. The other three Health Power targets are obesity, hypertension, and heart disease.We 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 Type 2 diabetes (diabetes) [i]. That’s about 1 out of every 10 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:
- Kidney failure
- Heart disease
- Loss of toes, feet, or legs
Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic/Latino Americans experience higher rates of diagnosed diabetes than Asian Americans and Whites. neighbors[ii].
It’s also important to be aware of prediabetes, which means that a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are very likely to develop type 2 diabetes. If a person has prediabetes, the damage of diabetes — especially to the heart, blood vessels and kidneys — may already be starting.
There’s good news, however. Developing prediabetes doesn’t always have to continue to type 2 diabetes. Eating healthy foods, getting good physical activity in your daily routine and maintaining a healthy weight can help bring a person’s blood sugar level back to normal.
Prediabetes affects adults and children.
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!®