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American Academy of Family Physicians Develops Diabetes Resource List for National Minority Health Month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 05, 2004
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States and it has no cure. The ADA reports that diabetes is most common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
To assist physicians in providing care to high-risk patients, the AAFP has identified a variety of resources. These resources include:
- Best Practices Basic Diabetes Care from Indian Health Services;
- Controle su Diabetes; Guía para el cuidado de su salud (CDC's "Take Charge of Your Diabetes: A Guide for Care); and
- The National Institutes of Health's "Tips for African American Men and Women."
One out of every 4 African American adults between the ages of 65 and 74 has diabetes. According to the Office of Minority Health of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention one in ten Hispanic/Latino Americans has diabetes, and one in three of these individuals are not aware they have the disease. The ADA reports that on average, Native Americans are more than twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. Asian Americans are also twice as likely to develop diabetes as Caucasians.
The AAFP is providing these resources to family physicians to raise the awareness of diabetes in high-risk populations and to help physicians reduce the prevalence of the disease.
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