|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 22, 2002
ON SITE CONTACT: TaWanna Berry|
NIH CONTACT: Joanne Gallivan
New Campaign Says "Cuide Su Corazón" to People with Diabetes
Heart Disease is Leading Killer of Hispanic and Latino Americans with Diabetes
- Blood glucose levels: A1C less than 7 percent (the A1C test measures your average blood glucose over the last 3 months). Check at least twice a year, or more often if above target.
- Blood pressure: below 130/80. Check at every doctor's visit.
- Cholesterol: LDL below 100. Check at least once a year.
The campaign is centered around a series of materials that will help educate Hispanic and Latino Americans with diabetes and their families about their increased risk for heart disease and ways to lower their risk. A free bilingual brochure for people with diabetes will be available in September for Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month.
Being physically active for 30 minutes a day, taking medicines as prescribed and maintaining a healthy diet all contribute to controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. The NDEP offers a recipe booklet featuring new twists on traditional Hispanic and Latino recipes - meals that are flavorful but low in fat and salt. A free booklet along with additional information on diabetes in Spanish and English can be ordered by calling the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse at 1-800-438-5383.
"It's more than just food," Gonzalez said. "It's life. These recipes are full of flavor and are one way to help people with diabetes and their families control their diabetes."
"If people know what to do, and they take care of their hearts, they can remain the heart of their families for a long time," added Gonzalez.
The NDEP is a federally funded program co-sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a leading source for information about diabetes care and prevention. The NDEP has over 200 partner organizations, including NCLR, that form a network to reach the health care community and those affected by diabetes at the federal, state and local levels. To talk with an information specialist, call 1-800-860-8747 or visit the NDEP website at http://www.ndep.nih.gov.
For over 30 years, the NCLR has been the nation's largest constituency-based Hispanic and Latino organization, annually serving over three million Hispanics of all nationality groups in all regions of the country. For more information, call 202-785-1670 or visit them at www.nclr.org.