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June, 2007

Hispanic Health Program

                 AND CONTROL PROGRAM


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One in ten, or two million, Hispanic/Latino American adults have diabetes. It is estimated one in three Hispanic/Latino Americans with diabetes is not aware of the condition.

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Hispanic/Latino American adults are nearly two times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic white adults.

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Diabetes is the leading cause of lower-extremity amputations, chronic, irreversible kidney disease, and blindness among working-age adults.

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In 2000, diabetes was the third underlying cause of death among Hispanics/Latinos aged 55-74.

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Type-2 diabetes, once considered an adult chronic disease, is now an emerging problem among Hispanic/Latino American children and adolescents.


CDC supports state and territorial Diabetes Control Programs to reduce the complications associated with diabetes. The programs identify high-risk populations such as Hispanic/Latino Americans, improve the quality of diabetes care, involve communities, increase access to diabetes care, and educate health professional and people with diabetes about the disease and its complications.

Examples of programs in action:
  La Comunidad en Acción is a training program that addresses diabetes from a public health perspective in Hispanic/Latino communities. The goal of this program is to create community-based initiatives in order to control and prevent diabetes. La Comunidad en Acción is presented in a culturally competent framework to address the burden of diabetes. From January 2001 to May 2002, more than 150 community leaders and health professionals have completed the 2½ day training.

The U.S. & Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project is a project to diminish the impact of diabetes on the border population by conducting activities to evaluate the burden of diabetes and develop intervention demonstration projects.


A multifaceted national diabetes program is needed to control this serious public health challenge. Special emphasis needs to continue on those minority populations where there is disparity, especially Hispanic/Latino adults. Participation from the Hispanic/Latino community will be extremely important in dealing with this chronic problem.

For more information, contact the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Mailstop K11, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30341: (770) 488-5555:

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