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Centro de Información de Salud

  • Teléfono: 1-800-860-8747
  • TTY: 1-866-569-1162
  • Correo electrónico: healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov
  • Horario de atención: de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. (hora del este de los EE.UU.)
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Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a Paso

Prevengamos la Diabetes Tipo 2 campaign logoDiabetes is a serious disease, affecting millions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and growing at epidemic rates. But, there is good news: Diabetes can be prevented. By losing a modest amount of weight, getting 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week, and eating healthier, Hispanics/Latinos with prediabetes can delay or prevent the onset of the disease. The “Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a Paso.’ campaign spreads this important message of hope to at-risk Hispanics/Latinos. All materials are available in English and Spanish.

Campaign Overview: Spreading the Good News about Diabetes Prevention and Hispanic Americans

Diabetes is a growing epidemic for Hispanic Americans:

  • Of the 30 million Hispanic/Latinos living in the United States, about 2 million have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Over 10 percent of all Hispanic Americans have diabetes.
  • On average, Hispanic Americans are 1.9 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites of similar age.
  • Nearly half of Hispanic children born in the year 2000 are likely to develop diabetes within their lives.

But the GOOD NEWS is the Diabetes can be Prevented:

  • The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a landmark trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, proved that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people with prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
  • Risk factors for prediabetes include: being overweight, having a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and being part of a racial minority group, including Hispanic.
  • Over 500 Hispanics participated in the DPP. More than 15 percent of all DPP participants were Hispanic/Latino.
  • Two out of every three Hispanics in the DPP were able to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes.
  • To prevent diabetes, DPP participants:
    • Were physically active for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Most participants chose brisk walking.
    • Made healthier food choices and limited the amount of fat in their diet.
    • Lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight. That's 10-15 pounds in a person that weighs 200 pounds.

To help Hispanic and Latino Americans prevent diabetes, the National Diabetes Education Program:

  • Launched the "Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a Paso" ("Let's prevent type 2 diabetes. Step by Step") campaign to help spread the message of hope that diabetes can be prevented to the millions of at-risk Hispanics.
  • Distributed Spanish-language radio and print public service announcements encouraging at-risk individuals to take steps towards preventing diabetes.
  • Created free products to help Hispanics move more and eat better, including an original scored music CD, titled “Movimientos,’ and a recipe and meal planner.

The DPP proved that by making modest lifestyle changes, Hispanics can prevent diabetes, step by step.

Contáctenos

Centro de Información de Salud

  • Teléfono: 1-800-860-8747
  • TTY: 1-866-569-1162
  • Correo electrónico: healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov
  • Horario de atención: de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. (hora del este de los EE.UU.)
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