Welcome to Desafiando La Diabetes:
Logra Tus Metas

Hispanics in the United States are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. That’s why Merck launched Desafiando La Diabetes: Logra Tus Metas to challenge this at-risk population to know their A1C number and to talk with their doctor about setting and obtaining blood sugar goals.

Hispanic adults in the United States are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic white adults. Almost 12% of U.S. Hispanic adults are already diagnosed, and it is the fifth leading cause of death within the Hispanic community.

Our mission is to help raise awareness of the importance of Hispanics with type 2 diabetes knowing their A1C (average blood sugar level over the past two to three months) and working with their doctor to set and achieve blood sugar goals. People with type 2 diabetes can reduce their risk of serious complications by setting individual goals to manage the ABCs of diabetes—that’s A for A1C, also known as blood sugar, B for blood pressure and C for cholesterol. Lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise and medications (if prescribed by your doctor), all play key roles in helping you get to your goals, so work with your doctor to develop an individualized diabetes management plan that’s right for you.

Click here for more information about type 2 diabetes!

So… are YOU at your goals? Find out by joining Desafiando La Diabetes.
Take the PLEDGE to know your A1C and to get to your goals!

  • MAKE THE COMMITMENT TO
    Know your ABCs.
    Know your A1C and set goals.
    Develop a plan to reach your A1C goal.
    Help a loved one reach their A1C goal.

  • Hi, I’m Chef Leticia!

    I’m very excited to welcome you to Desafiando La Diabetes: Logra Tus Metas! I’ve teamed up with Merck on this program to ask Hispanics with type 2 diabetes to pledge to work with their doctors to know their A1C and to set and attain blood sugar goals.

    This message is important to me because I lost someone very dear to me as a result of diabetes. After living with type 2 diabetes for many years, my grandfather passed away from a stroke, one of the serious complications of diabetes. My grandmother struggled to care for him during the course of his disease, and she didn’t have the right resources to help him get to his blood sugar goals. The loss of my grandfather prompted my entire family to reevaluate our lifestyle and to learn more to help reduce our risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

    That’s why I’m passionate about empowering you to learn how you can reach your goals. Most importantly, talk to your doctor. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach, so work with your doctor to develop a diabetes management plan that’s right for you—including diet, exercise and medication (if prescribed by your doctor).

    One of the more difficult aspects of diabetes management can be adjusting diet, especially when food is such an important part of one’s culture, as it is in the Hispanic community. That’s why I’m sharing some of my favorite traditional Hispanic and Latino dishes that have been recreated to be diabetes-friendly, without sacrificing flavor.

    I urge you to accept our program’s challenge by knowing your latest A1C and working with your doctor to set and achieve blood sugar goals. Together, with the support of your family and health care team, you can better manage your type 2 diabetes and get to your goals. Desafiando La Diabetes: Logra Tus Metas!

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    Delicious and Diabetes-Friendly Recipes to Help You Get to Goal

    In the Hispanic community, we all take to heart our families, our food, our culture and our community. Since diet is an important part of an individualized diabetes management plan to help you reach your A1C goal, we created these delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

    My diabetes-friendly recipes were created to be generally lower in sodium, carbohydrates, saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. They are also higher in fiber compared with other dishes and include appropriate portion sizes.