FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes

Nearly 1 million Latinas aren’t aware that they are at risk of developing diabetes. Many will likely not get the preventive or other care they need because they won’t visit a physician or medical clinic, where they could take a simple screening test for the disease.

To help prevent the spread of diabetes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers resources to help women of Latin American ancestry and all Americans reduce their risk or to find the most effective treatment.

About 5.5 million Latinas have elevated fasting plasma glucose, and of those, nearly 4 million weren’t told by a health care professional that they were at risk for diabetes, according to a study in the March 2014 edition of Hispanic Health Care International. Read More

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