Ethnic divide for diabetes

Ethnic divide for diabetes

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 7, 2006, titled Ethnic divide for diabetes. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Puerto Ricans in Chicago are three times more likely to die of diabetes than white residents and almost twice as likely as black residents, according to a study that is spurring calls for action among community ...

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Darla Velez

United States

#1 Dec 12, 2006
The report is alarming! Diabetes is a very serious issue which many people take lightly.

Some older people are very stubborn. Many people do not want to change their way of living stating, "I'm going to die anyway." My dad had it in his lifetime and he smoked until the final days before he died. My sister and I (who don't live with him) introduced healthier cooking and adding more colorful vegetables to his diet, however the food wouldn't get prepared the correct way or if it was cooked, he wouldn't eat the food. Mom was frustrated and stopped trying. In the very end of his life, he started eating correctly. The hererity is a great concern to me so I was always concerned about what I eat or drink for fear of getting diabetes. Thank God for wisdom!

What kind of people did you interview? There are many Mexican Americans who smoke and drink and have other bad habits so I can't agree with Mexican Americans being more healthy. Heath is an individual choice in most cases. There are many reasons why so many Puerto Ricans are dying of diabetes. We must educate the community about healthy eating, going to the doctor and learning about good health, exercising and explaining its importance to other family members.

We must take better care of ourselves and help the older and younger generations. If parents of young children introduce a balanced diet from the womb and continue through then our children will know how to eat a balanced diet and enjoy what they eat and drink.

The medical proposal to have a diabetes center and more health care and education is great. Maybe in a few years positive results will be posted in your next article.

Encino, CA

#2 Oct 30, 2007
This is quite prevalent in our culture.

I thought to bring this out of the archives that maybe at least one more might benefit from this knowledge of the menace of Diabetes.

United States

#3 Nov 15, 2011
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United States

#4 Nov 15, 2011
Gary F

United States

#6 Nov 15, 2011
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Not Race

Mooresville, IN

#7 Nov 15, 2011
It's not race, it's weight and too much junk food.

Sunnyvale, CA

#8 Nov 15, 2011
I like cake.

Massapequa, NY

#9 Nov 15, 2011
I like cake too

Mooresville, IN

#11 Nov 15, 2011
Stop eating all that junk food!!!

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