Diabetes & Native American People
Did you know?
- Diabetes is 4 to 8 times more common in Native Americans comopared to the U.S. population.
- It is the 4th leading cause of death among Native Americans.
- In some tribes, 1 out of every 2 adults has Type 2 diabetes.
- People with Type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of getting heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for Native Americans.
- Elevated blood sugar levels for a long period of time increase complication risks such as blindness, amputations, and kidney failure.
- There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be prevented!
Steps for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
- Breast-feed your baby for at least four to six months.
- Exercise three to five days per week for at least 30 minutes.
- Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
- Choose lean meats, in healthful portions, each day.
- Limit high sugar foods, like pop, candy, and cookies.
- Choose low fat foods, like skim milk, vegetables, and whole wheat breads.
- American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org
- Indian Health Service: http://www.ihs.gov
- Association of American Indian Physicians: http://www.aaip.com
"Diabetes and American Indian Elders." http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/AlEldersandDiab.asp (12/14/2000).
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