Sunday, February 5, 2023

Type 2 diabetes and heart disease

In the United States, in February we observe heart month and heart health And it’s a topic we Hispanics love because our community has high rates of type 2 diabetes, one of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Statistics show that Latinos are 17% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. To understand the seriousness of this danger, it is sufficient to know that the risk is only 8% in non-Hispanic white men. Worse still, the 17% risk we run varies significantly by national origin. For example, someone of Puerto Rican descent is twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than someone from South America.

Our Hispanic Union has regularly participated in initiatives like know diabetes by heart Near american heart institute And this American Diabetes Association To educate our community about the risk of heart disease and stroke for people with type 2 diabetes.

testimony of lupe barraza, Know Diabetes by Heart AmbassadorConfirms the importance of education and prevention even in cases of hereditary type 2 diabetes.

“My parents and uncle have long suffered from type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” he explains. lupe, “My battle with diabetes began in 2009, when I was told I was at risk for it. I took care of myself for a while by changing my diet and running marathons, but then I stopped and in 2016 I found out I had type 2 diabetes.”

for family reasons, lupe They had sacrificed their own health care, a common practice in our community. Her husband was not supportive of her physical well-being, and for seven years she stopped running regularly and eating healthy.

lupe Barraza He ended up with type 2 diabetes, but his mother’s heart attack opened his eyes.

According to lupe When it comes to managing diabetes and heart health, it’s not always enough to eat better or exercise more, it’s essential that we stop and assess what factors in our lives contribute to us getting sick.

“My mother’s heart attack changed the way I lived,” he explains, “because if it could happen to her, the strongest person in my life, then surely it could happen to me.” Is.”

The changes she’s made in her own life have also served to improve the lives of her children, “who now eat healthy, exercise and know that the decisions they make now are the ones that determine what will happen.” will do whether or not they will reach the position they are in.” I am”.

With respect to the prevention and management of diabetes and heart disease, lupe barraza He says that the first thing to do is to find a doctor who will help and support.

“If we know we have high risks of these diseases in our family”, he concludes by saying, “at least we already know we have high risks too”.

Those interested in type 2 diabetes and heart disease can visit www.knowdiabetesbyheart.com

For more information about the Hispanic Federation, visit www.hispanicfederation.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Let’s celebrate the Hispanic Federation’s 33rd anniversary together, and see you in the next column!

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