Type 2 Diabetes in African-American and Hispanic/Latino Communities

Type 2 diabetes is a significant concern among the African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities. Both African-American and Hispanic/Latino adults are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than other ethnic groups, and it is the fifth leading cause of death among both populations.

Currently, 13% of all African-American adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and this community is more likely than other ethnic groups to experience serious long-term health problems over time from the disease. Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults, and nearly 13% are currently diagnosed with the disease. That’s why it is especially important that both African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos with diabetes know the risks of high and low blood glucose and work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal.

  • I’m honored to share my story with you about the impact type 2 diabetes has had on my life. After living with type 2 diabetes for many years, my grandfather passed away from a stroke, one of the serious complications of the disease. Throughout the course of his disease, my grandmother struggled to care for him and she didn’t have the right resources to help him get to his blood glucose 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.

    As a chef, a Latina, and someone who has lost a loved one to complications from type 2 diabetes, I understand that eating healthy can be one of the more difficult parts of managing diabetes. That’s why I’m passionate about empowering people with diabetes and their loved ones to learn more about healthy eating and the importance of setting and reaching their own goals.

    There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to managing diabetes, so it’s important to work with a doctor to come up with a personalized diabetes management plan that includes diet, exercise and medicine (if prescribed by your doctor). It’s also important to understand the risks of low blood glucose and how to help reduce that risk.

    If you’re ready to make changes to start eating healthy or help support a loved one with diabetes, take the next step by sharing how you’re putting our tips into action.

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