Awareness is key to battling type 2 diabetes

Dec 21, 2010

Some ethnic groups are at a higher risk of developing diabetes than others

Some ethnic groups are at a higher risk of developing certain serious health conditions than others. Hispanics, for example, are more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

Having type 2 diabetes can lead people to pay higher health and life insurance premiums because of the high risks associated with the condition. There are, however, things people can do to delay and even prevent the onset of the disease.

Awareness and talking about the condition is important, says American Diabetes Association volunteer Lorena Drago.

"It is particularly important for Hispanics/Latinos to know they are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes," says Drago. "It is common for families to have multiple members with diabetes, but they never talk about it. These family discussions are necessary so everyone knows their risk, especially the younger generations."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that type 2 diabetes can be managed through a good diet. Eating less fat and sugary foods and more fiber, fruits, and vegetables is a good place to start.

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