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According to the Office of Minority Health, Natives are almost three times more likely than non-Hispanic white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes. In 2018, Natives were 2.3 times more likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. Lastly, in 2017, Natives were twice as likely to be diagnosed with end-stage renal disease than non-Hispanic whites.
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that impacts how your body uses food. More specifically how your body turns food into energy.
The three main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant)
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 88 million adults have prediabetes. That is more than 1 in 3 people. Even more concerning is that more than 84% of them do not know they have it. A person with prediabetes has blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.
There are several factors that increase your risk of developing diabetes. Some of these factors are:
Information gathered from the CDC.
GPTLHB’s Great Plains Good Health and Wellness (GPGHW) program use evidence-informed, culturally rooted health promotion and disease prevention initiatives to help Great Plains area tribes combat obesity, commercial tobacco use, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.