Fostering a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent diabetes
By Larry Lucas
May 2, 2012
On Mother’s Day, we honored the women in our lives who influence our families and communities. This celebration of motherhood highlights the importance of family bonds and support, and how those close to us shape our lives. This month, when you’re spending time with loved ones, I encourage you to recognize the role we all play in fostering a healthy lifestyle for the entire family.
One of the most serious problems facing African American families today is diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the body cannot produce any or enough insulin. Diabetes afflicts millions of Americans and can lead to devastating health complications, including blindness, kidney failure and amputation. Each day, more than 2,000 Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, and experts predict that the number will nearly double by 2025.
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