To Your Health this National Hispanic Heritage Month
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), we celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic/Latino people, which have enriched our great nation for generations. It’s also a fitting time to highlight the importance of diabetes prevention for this higher-risk group.
Over their lifetimes, 40% of US adults are expected to develop type 2 diabetes. That number is even higher for Hispanic/Latino adults—more than 50%.
There often are no clear symptoms, so if your heritage is Hispanic/Latino and you have any of the risk factors below, it’s important to talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested:
Sooner is better than later, because research shows that making healthy lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people at risk. Now that’s something to celebrate!
For more information:
- CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation/Diabetes en español
- Vital Signs: Hispanic Health
- ¡Hazlo por ellos! Pero por ti también. (Do it for them! But for you too.)
- DoIHavePrediabetes.org / en español
- Diabetes Features & Spotlights
- CDC Diabetes on Facebook
- @CDCDiabetes on Twitter