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Childhood obesity can lead to type 2 diabetes.
A new website, notmykids.net, offers healthier recipes, tips on how to eat healthier, and ideas about how to help families be more physically active, to promote healthy lifestyle changes and prevent obesity.
The site is produced by the California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California.
Watch their video here or below.
Half of all Hispanic children will develop diabetes, health officials say, KENS-TV reports.
In South Texas, where the population is mostly Hispanic, diabetes and obesity are the top biggest threats to health, given their link to certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, and more.
South Texas, a 38-county region spanning 45,000 square miles along the Texas-Mexico border and northward up to San Antonio and Bexar County, is home to 18 percent of the state’s population. Yet, South Texas residents who are predominantly Hispanics struggle with lower educational levels, less income and less access to health care, setting the stage for disease, according to the South Texas Health Status Review, an examination of health problems in the region by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“Rates of diabetes and obesity in South Texas were higher than in the rest of Texas and nation,” said IHPR researcher Dr. Dorothy Long Parma. “That makes diabetes prevention a critical need.”
Healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier and participating in more physical activity, can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and improve health, Dr. Long Parma said.
Chef and cookbook author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz has teamed up with Merck on the Cuida Tu Diabetes, Cuida Tu Corazón campaign to help Latinos learn how to better manage their diabetes.
U.S. Latinos have a 66% higher risk of a diabetes diagnosis than non-Latinos.
At the campaign website, Chef Leticia shares bilingual recipes and information on how small lifestyle changes and healthier eating can help manage the disease—while also maintaining the flavor of traditional Latino dishes.
“My grandfather died from complications from his type 2 diabetes so I know how important it is for people living with type 2 diabetes to manage their disease to help reduce their risk of serious complications, such as heart disease and stroke,” she said.
“In the Hispanic community, we all take to heart our families, our food, our culture, and our community activities, and diabetes impacts all of these aspects of our lives.”
Diabetes and obesity are the two most significant health threats in South Texas, according to a new report published online in Springer Open Books by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) in the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The South Texas Health Status Review, originally self-published in 2008, was updated this year to study more than 35 health conditions and risk factors and how people in South Texas may be differently affected than those in the rest of Texas or nation.
The Review, in addition to singling out diabetes and obesity, also indicates that the South Texas region faces higher rates than the rest of Texas or nation for:
- Cervical, liver, stomach and gallbladder cancers
- Child and adolescent leukemia
- Neural tube defects
- Other birth defects
- Childhood lead poisoning
“The Review is a roadmap of the health inequalities that burden the health of South Texas residents, especially Hispanics, compared the rest of Texas and nation,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., lead editor of the Review and director of the IHPR at the Health Science Center. “We hope this knowledge motivates researchers and public health leaders to create and shape interventions to reverse those inequalities.”
South Texas, a 38-county region spanning 45,000 square miles along the Texas-Mexico border and northward up to Bexar County, is home to 18 percent of the state’s population.
Yet South Texas residents, who are predominantly Hispanics, struggle with lower educational levels, less income and less access to health care.
To chart the health status of the region, Dr. Ramirez teamed up with the Texas Department of State Health Services with support from the Health Science Center’s Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC), represented by regional dean Leonel Vela, M.D., and the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), represented by director Ian M. Thompson, M.D.
The team analyzed county, state and national data to compare South Texas’ incidence, prevalence and mortality rates for more than 35 health indicators—from communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS to cancers to maternal health and even environmental health—to the rest of Texas and the nation by age, sex, race/ethnicity and rural/urban location.
The Review found that South Texas had higher rates, compared to the rest of Texas, for 12 of the health indicators analyzed. Incidence rates for many of the health indicators were even higher for South Texas Hispanics than non-Hispanic whites.
For example, the percentage of obese adults in South Texas (32.7%) was higher than that of the rest of Texas (29.1%) and nation (27%).
Hispanics in South Texas also were more obese (37.9%) than their white counterparts.
“Obesity, a risk factor for diabetes and certain cancers, can be directly linked to lifestyle behaviors, such as inadequate physical activity and poor eating habits,” Dr. Ramirez said. “Prevention research efforts directed at obesity and diabetes could significantly reduce the burden of disease in South Texas communities.”
The group has launched a new Spanish-language blog about diabetes and those inspired to stop it, called No Más Diabetes.
The have a great Facebook page in Spanish, too.
Also, the ADA’s por tu familia program, described in this video, contains Spanish-language, culturally relevant information on diabetes risk factors and warning signs. Contents focuses on healthy eating, understanding the link between heart diseases and diabetes, and the importance and impact of increasing physical activity.
The program also encourages appropriate testing among those at risk and treatment for those diagnosed with diabetes.
Many pregnant women take medicines for health problems like diabetes, asthma, seizures, heartburn, and morning sickness.
But not all medicines are safe to take when you are pregnant.
Join text4baby by texting “BABY” (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411.
Latinos’ obesity and diabetes rates continue to be alarming, experts say.
But the news isn’t all bad: Latinos’ rates of premature death, death due to cancers, cardiovascular deaths and infant mortality all improved, according to an NBC Latino report on the new America’s Health Rankings.
The rankings, which comes from the United Health Foundation and the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, looks at 24 measures of health, including tobacco and alcohol abuse, exercise, infectious diseases, crime rates, premature birth rates and cancer and heart disease rates. The report ranks the states based on those indicators.
Vermont tops the list of healthiest states for the fourth-straight year. Vermont’s strengths include its number one position for all health determinants combined, which includes ranking in the top 10 states for a high rate of high school graduation, a low violent crime rate, a low incidence of infectious disease, etc.
Hawaii is ranked as second-healthiest, followed by New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Minnesota.
Texas ranks 40th.
Mississippi and Louisiana tie for 49th as the least healthy states. Mississippi ranks in the bottom 5 states on 12 of the 24 measures including a high prevalence of obesity, a high prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle, a low high school graduation rate, limited availability of primary care physicians, a high prevalence of low birthweight infants, and a high prevalence of diabetes.
On a positive note, New Jersey (18% Latino) and Colorado (21% Latino) were two of the states that saw great improvement in health ranking measures, with New Jersey improving on nine different measures and Colorado improving across five different categories, according to the NBC Latino report.
See how your state ranks here.
With ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new report on policy considerations is available to help educate policymakers and inform decisions on national health policy.
The report, “Policy Considerations That Make the Link,” offers options to advance changes to overcome systemic and structural barriers that may block the ability to deliver and sustain effective diabetes care to those most in need.
The report comes from The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a five-site program in Camden, N.J., Chicago, Dallas, Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyo., and Memphis, Tenn., which aims to improve health care delivery and outcomes among African-American, Latino and Native American adults.
“The document connects the on-the-ground experiences of the Alliance grantees with the issues facing national decision makers as they consider ways to get more value, quality, efficiency and innovation into our health care system,” said Dr. Noreen Clark, director of the Alliance’s national program office.
Policy considerations in the new report were developed from in-depth interviews with the Alliance sites, a literature review, and consultation with an expert group.
The considerations pose a series of questions surrounding the identified need to realign financial incentives affecting health systems, providers and patients as a mechanism for reducing disparities in diabetes.
For example, concepts to address health system needs include ways to:
- Encourage greater integration of public health and health care systems
- Share and report community-wide health data
- Eliminate incentives that encourage underinvestment in low-income, high-risk patients
Read more here.
A tax on soda would carry the greatest health benefits for black and Latino Californians, who face the highest risks of diabetes and heart disease, according to recent research findings, California Watch reports.
According to the news report:
The study found that if a penny-per-ounce tax was applied to soda, cuts in consumption would result in an 8 percent decline in diabetes cases among blacks and Latinos. The statewide reduction in new diabetes cases is projected at 3 to 5.6 percent, according to researchers from UC San Francisco, Columbia University and Oregon State University, who released their findings at a recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.
The study was unveiled as a sugar-sweetened beverage tax faces votes in El Monte, in Los Angeles County, and Richmond, in the Bay Area. A statewide excise tax was proposed but died in the California Legislature in 2010.
Latinos comprise about 64% of residents in Richmond and 70% in El Monte.
A penny-per-ounce tax would cut soda consumption by up to 20 percent, which would help eliminate 5 in 10,000 new diabetes cases for African Americans and 4 in 10,000 for Mexican-Americans, study lead author Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo told California Watch, although food and beverage spokesperson are quoted as saying that such a tax would hurt small businesses and isn’t proven to improve people’s health.
“It’s pretty clear that what’s necessary is some mechanism to increase price (enough) to curb consumption,” said Bibbins-Domingo.