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La Diabetes Tipo 2: Now the Leading Cause of Death in Mexico

Health officials at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have reported that type 2 diabetes is now the leading cause of death in Mexico, and the third leading cause of death in those living along the US - Mexico border. They estimate that 22% of those who have the disease are not aware of it. This is a serious problem, because people who are unaware they have high blood sugar are unable to take steps to prevent complications and progression of the disease.

90% of border residents are obese or overweight - the most important risk factors for diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a preventable condition when people are educated to be more active, eat less, and keep their weight under control. High blood pressure is another preventable medical illness that has been found in 36% of the diabetics in the border population.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) has made available a rich library of resources in Spanish.

Examples are:

Prevent Diabetes Problems Series In Spanish

Thank you Hello Hillary for use of photo of people in Tijuana at church meeting.

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