Latino seniors are at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease. Here’s why and tips on what to do about it.
By Geri K. Metzger, Contributing Writer
In Latino families, tradition tends to run deep. Many seniors pride themselves on passing down family values and beliefs. Family dinners, favorite pastimes and celebrations keep family ties strong.
If you're Latino, there’s one thing you don’t want to pass down. That’s a risk of diabetes and heart disease. Start a new family tradition of health to lower you and your family’s risk of these health problems. Statistics show:
- More than one in 10 Latino Americans has diabetes.
- People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than people without diabetes.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Latinos in the U.S.
Why do so many Latinos get diabetes and heart disease?
Diabetes runs in families. And many people in this group inherit a higher risk for diabetes from their ancestors. Some scientists think Latino Americans have a gene that affects their production of insulin.
Having diabetes means more of a risk for heart disease. So does having high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for many Latinos.
Culture may also play a role. Rich, fatty food combined with little physical activity can lead to obesity. More than 70 percent of Mexican-American adults are overweight or obese. And being overweight is a risk factor for both heart disease and diabetes.
The statistics point to a disturbing trend. But it’s a trend you can help turn around with small lifestyle changes. Learn to make healthy choices, and then pass the knowledge along to your children and grandchildren.
Six things you can do to reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease:
Start a new tradition of good health for yourself and for your family. Cut your risk for diabetes and heart disease with a few manageable steps. Small steps can make big strides toward a long, healthy life for you and generations to come.
Emily A. King contributed to this report.
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