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Consider these sobering statistics from the Indian Health Service:
- 2.2 times higher — Likelihood of American Indians and Alaska Natives to have diabetes compared with non-Hispanic whites
- 68% — Percent increase in diabetes from 1994 to 2004 in American Indian and Alaska Native youth aged 15-19 years
- 95% — Percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives with diabetes who have type 2 diabetes (as opposed to type 1 diabetes)
- 30% — Estimated percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives who have pre-diabetes
American Indians and Alaska Natives are clearly at greater risk. Educate yourself on how to prevent type 2 diabetes if you don't have it now, or how to effectively treat it if you've been diagnosed.
The Otoe-Missouria Diabetes Program serves the needs of the Otoe-Missouria Service Area and other Native Americans living with diabetes. The Special Diabetes Program attempts to network with other diabetes programs and other health care service provider to pool our resources to address the needs of the diabetics and their families living in the service area. The program effort is aimed at the use of preventative education to eliminate diabetes in the local population. Another program effort is aimed at the people who are diagnosed with diabetes. We also work with and offer assistance to people who are on dialysis and have retinal, foot, and heart problems.
Diabetes Support Group is held the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Health Dept.
Call Cheryl Glover at 580-723-4466 ext 251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Otoe-Missouria Diabetes Program.
If you have to diabetes, it is important to make sure that you are getting good healthcare. Review the DIABETIC CHECKLIST to ensure that your getting the best care possible.