|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2002
CONTACT: TaWanna Berry|
New Brochure 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.
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 also offers a recipe booklet featuring
new twists on traditional Hispanic and Latino recipes meals that are
flavorful but low in fat and salt.
“It’s more than just food,” Cruz 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 Cruz.
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 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 www.ndep.nih.gov.
Spanish version available