Thanks for checking out our latest e-newsletter and for your continued support. We look forward to great events and continued outreach in 2014 to help prevent diabetes in all our communities!
The LDA launches “Operation: A1c” Diabetes Early Detection Community Media Campaign beginning in March 2014. Diabetes is a leading cause of death and disabilities for Latinos and many others, having a devastating impact on families and those struggling with this disease. Many people are either under the false impression that they either do not have diabetes because they don’t feel the complications and affects – yet, or they have been diagnosed but are not educated on A1c testing, its results, understanding A1c numbers, or compliance and control of their diabetes.
During our Spring 2014 classes, the LDA will launch a media campaign using PSAs on radio and television on Univision to help make the general public much more aware of early detection of diabetes and taking better control of their health by better understanding the relevance of A1c testing. The A1c test (short for Glycated hemoglobin HbA1c) is among the very best tests a person can get to either diagnose diabetes or track their glucose levels if they are already diabetic. The A1c is sometimes called el “chismoso” (the gossip) because it will tell on you and a person cannot lie or misunderstand their A1c numbers. The A1c test is a blood test given at a doctor’s office that gives a person’s average glucose (blood sugar) level for the past 2 to 3 months, although the test is most accurate for the past 2 months.
So why is that important? Because diabetes kills more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined, yet very little early detection and preventive intervention is focused on. Rather, more and more funding and resources are poured into finding an elusive “cure” for diabetes rather than preventing it in the first place. The LDA believes that along with practical prevention education and self-management of diabetes and other interventions, early screening and detection is very important in stopping this deadly disease. The A1c test is a key tool to detect or track for anyone at risk to avoid death or a poor quality of life. High risk persons include anyone with diabetes in their direct blood family, if you are Latino or another high risk ethnicity such as African-Americans, Native-Americans, and some Asian groups; or you are overweight and do little exercise. Any one of these can be a factor in getting diabetes, but if you have 2 or all 3 of these major factors, your chances greatly increase which can result in a heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation, kidney disease, and other major complications. Food and relaxing with friends and family are a big part of being human, but if this is done routinely and in excess, they can quickly have devastating effects on the diabetic and their family caregivers.
The LDA is the first known local organization to attempt to prevent diabetes from the beginning by getting people diagnosed and aware of diabetes testing and early detection! Without knowing if you have diabetes for sure, or how high your A1c levels are, it’s like driving on the freeway – blindfolded. You are at high risk of serious injury and potential death and not knowing where you are or where you are headed can result in serious problems. The LDA urges everyone at risk to get tested for diabetes, which today is quickly encompassing more and more groups of people.
Other very good and popular diabetes diagnosing and detection tests and examinations include the Estimated Average Glucose (eAG) Test, Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG), Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, and the Casual Plasma Glucose Test. If your doctor does not offer the A1c test, please be sure to get one of the 4 tests listed above. Also, some physical examinations that can detect diabetes include the Dilated Eye and Foot Exams.
The LDA will resume our free comprehensive diabetes prevention community education program in 5 separate cities and communities simultaneously beginning the week of February to early April. As usual, our classes will be taught by culturally competent professionals including Certified Diabetes Educators, Registered Dietitians and/or Nutritionists, and at some venues guest educators including pharmacists, podiatrists, cardiologists, and others. Within the 6-week sessions there will be our very popular “Sabor y Sazon” healthy cooking and “Mi Vida Yoga” classes. Classes are at night and at easily accessible, familiar, and non-intimidating venues convenient to working families and individuals. Classes are once a week for 6 weeks in 5 neighborhood sites. The LDA will also provide free A1c testing thanks to our partners Healing Our Village and generous support from the Aetna Foundation, United Latino Fund, and Smart ‘N Final.
We recommend registration as our classes usually fill up quickly.
Communities and Site Venues include
Monday evenings 6:30-7:30pm February 24, through March 31, 2014
Lynwood Community Center 11301 Bullis Rd, Lynwood 90262
Tuesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm February 25, through April 1, 2014
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation 2650 Zoe Ave. Huntington Park CA 90255
Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm February 26, through April 2, 2014
Pico Union Library 1030 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90006
Thursday evenings 6:30-7:30pm February 27, through April 3, 2014
Plaza Community Services 4018 City Terrace Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90063
Saturday afternoons March 1st through April 5, 2014 12:30-1:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Building 700 Warren Lane, Inglewood, CA 90302
Free Medication and Treatment Program for Type 2 Diabetes Youth
The Latino Diabetes Association has partnered with Healing Our Village (HOV) to provide a free diabetes medication program including diet and exercise instruction for both children and parents as part of a clinical trial for a medication to treat children diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and obesity are at epidemic proportions with younger children, and the LDA has teamed up with Healing Our Village (HOV) to provide free treatment to families that cannot afford their medications or would like help with treating their children.
Below are a few basic guidelines for the program:
- Youth much be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes
- Youth must be Non-insulin dependent
- Oral medications will be provided absolutely free
- This is a 16-week program; all participants must commit to the entire program and follow ups.
- Parents are highly encouraged to participate and parent education will also be provided; consisting of nutrition and exercise instruction, and medication information to mentor their children
- Parent compensation stipend may be from $50 to $75 per office visit
- Clinic visits will be about every 2 weeks or less for 16 weeks total
For more information, please call the LDA at 323-837-9869. If you are a medical provider such as a clinic, hospital, or private practice and would like information on research protocols, please call us for contact information. We are seeking both individuals and institutions such as schools, churches, and family centers to provide space and participants. Compensation to institutions can be arranged.
The Latino Diabetes Association would like to thank our generous funders and supporters:
Hispanics In Philanthropy
Justin T. Berger Esq. and Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Naam Yoga LA
Reggie Rodriguez “El Rey” Memorial Golf Tournament
U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein
LDA Diabetes Prevention Educators:
David Alvarez, PA, CDE
Laura Salguero, Registered Dietitian
Laura Gonzalez, Sabor y Sazón Healthy Chef
Andria Lopez, Sabor y Sazón Healthy Chef
Mari Garcia, Mi Vida Yoga Instructor
California State University Los Angeles
Guadalupe “Tiky” Coronado
We are in need of specific and specialized volunteers with various capabilities including a (volunteer) Volunteer Coordinator to help us source, recruit, and train these specialized volunteers. Volunteers needed include a social media person to help develop and add content, WordPress SEO marketer, Administrative Assistant, Fund Developer, and culturally competent CDE or other health care professional with specialized knowledge of diabetes prevention focusing on practical nutrition and exercise to help us implement an evidence-based community diabetes education program curriculum.