Diabetes is a serious health concern for many Americans, but African-Americans are considered to be one of the most at-risk groups for Type-2 Diabetes, which causes the body to produce insufficient insulin or misuse it, writes Penn Live. The statistics show that African-Americans are 1.8 times more likely to get diabetes than whites, writes the American Diabetes Association. The only other group with this level of concern is those of Hispanic descent, who are 1.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with this disease than whites.
In order to educate people about Type-2 Diabetes and how to manage it, the American Diabetes Association created programs called “Project Power” and “Live Empowered.” On the official website, they write that they create culturally appropriate materials and work with communities to create activities and workshops that are designed to educate at risk individuals about diabetes. So they’ll get a chance to learn about the symptoms, how to manage the condition, what foods to eat, and ideas on how to stay physically active. Many of these workshops also take place in the church, as they are often the mainstay of the community notes Penn Live.
Their official site also mentions that they have teamed up with the group African American Initiatives to create a toolkit called “Choose to Live: Sisters Strong Together” that allows African-American women to come together and learn not only how to manage their own diabetes but also how to help friends, family, co-workers, and their community manage as well. Their main messages focus on learning new ways to exercise; educating others, and rallying their support group to help their community learn more about diabetes and what their options are so they can treat it.
The American Diabetes Association also notes on their site that they will be teaming up with churches and community organizations for Black History Month to honor their ancestors and reflect on how they have a national duty to help African-Americans treat chronic illnesses like Type-2 diabetes.
Penn Live remarks that in order to truly combat this disease, it’s imperative that people have access to educational programs such as the ones created and implemented by the American Diabetes Association. With access to educational resources on diabetes, families will be able to research better options and no longer have to fear a financial drain. They’ll also be able to spot the warning signs of diabetes a lot faster, which will lead to earlier doctor’s visits and treatment.
Thanks to the combined effort of volunteers, doctors, and educators, there will be a bigger push to raise awareness about the risks and management of diabetes amongst African Americans and other high-risk groups. From pamphlets to workshops on how to eat right and stay active, the tireless champions against diabetes are here to stay and help everyone who faces it overcome the challenges of diabetes.