Diabetes 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.