We are working on establishing a Center to provide information on Diabetes. We will offer people with diabetes and their family members the information and tools they need to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of this disease.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone you need to convert sugars, starches and other food into energy. The cause of diabetes is not known. Here is what we do know: both genetic and environmental factors, such as obesity and lack of exercise, contribute to the onset of diabetes.
Diabetes is typically diagnosed through a fasting blood glucose (sugar) test and an oral glucose tolerance test. A blood glucose test performed two hours after eating also may be performed.
Some of the most common symptoms of diabetes include: fatigue, increased thirst, increase urination, increase hunger and changes in eyesight (blurred vision).
Diabetes can lead to serious complications, such as blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, and lower-limb amputations. People with diabetes can lower the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications by controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids. After adjusting for population age differences, 2004-2006 national survey data for people diagnosed with diabetes, age 20 years or older include the following prevalence by race/ethnicity: · 6.6% of non-Hispanic whites · 7.5% of Asian Americans · 11.8% of non-Hispanic blacks · 10.4% of Hispanics
Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2006. This ranking is based on the 72,507 death certificates in 2006 in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. According to death certificate reports, diabetes contributed to a total of 233,619 deaths in 2005, the latest year for which data on contributing causes of death are available.
We will offer information about this program while promoting the sponsors of the Diabetes program on Nuestra Gente Radio Show every Saturday 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on WCWA 1230 AM.
One of our first clients was Marta Lozano. On July 2, 2009, she was referred to me by a woman who works at a doctor’s office. Marta Lozano suffers from diabetic retinopathy and required extensive laser surgery. She is unemployed and has no medical insurance. In addition to her need for surgery, she was lacking the necessary supplies to test her blood sugar, even though she was using insulin twice a day. Marta didn’t have money to buy the battery for the monitor and strips. She wasn’t doing her daily blood test for about 6 months. I took her to the pharmacy and bought her a new blood sugar test kit. Since she is at risk for blindness and speaks little English, I felt strongly about helping her. She is still in need of supplies as well as some diabetic education. Marta had her eyes surgery done and she is doing well. We cannot predict who it will strike next It could be you, me or one of our loved ones!. My father was stricken with diabetes, having gone through this sickness with him; I have firsthand knowledge of what this terrible disease can do.
We invite you to partner with us as we make an impact in our community. Your generosity is essential if we’re to defeat diabetes.
Think of it. What if we could save hundreds of thousands of lives?
Wouldn’t that be amazing? Wouldn’t that be something you’d want to be part of? Together, we can do this. All of us. You can do so much to help.