Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez urged Angelenos to take part in a national event aimed at making more people aware of diabetes and their own risk of acquiring the condition.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) marked today as Alert Day. The national event is a call to action and encourages people to visit the ADA website to take a Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is an urgent health problem in the Latino community with rates that were almost double those of non-Latino whites. The ADA estimates that 10% of Latino adults have diabetes or have prediabetes.
“I want to bring awareness to this growing problem that is disproportionately affecting my constituents,” said O’Farrell, who chairs the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River committee. “I believe that we should take the time to acknowledge this problem and begin to find ways to help those individuals and families that are affected by this disease.”
O’Farrell and Martinez hosted the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in City Council this morning to share details about Alert Day.
“People need to ask themselves if they are at risk or putting their children at risk,” said Martinez. “We need to teach the next generation the importance of good health and understanding their personal responsibility. Awareness is the first step to healthy, vibrant communities across Los Angeles.”
The ADA says Angelenos can reduce the risk of getting diabetes by staying in shape and eating healthy.
“If you find that you are truly at risk see your physician,” said Lurelean Gaines, immediate past president of healthcare and education with the ADA. “A family doctor can make sure the appropriate tests are done to fully diagnose what you can do to make a difference in your life.”
Take the risk test here, or for more information, please visit www.diabetes.org.
Diabetes, Cost of Care Top Concerns for US Latinos (NPR)