How Hispanic/Latino Americans Can Lower Diabetes Risk

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September 2017

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Lower Risk


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Did you know that Hispanic and Latino Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes? This National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) is the perfect time to celebrate history, culture, and familyand focus on preventing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes often has no clear symptoms, so if your heritage is Hispanic/Latino and you have any of the risk factors below, talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested:

  • Being overweight
  • Being 45 years or older
  • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds

The good news is that making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy and getting more physical activity, can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people at risk (71% if you’re over 60).

Type 2 diabetes can run in the family, but so can healthy habits. This National Hispanic Heritage Month, why not start a new tradition of preventing type 2 diabetes? Learn more in our feature.

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