Yesterday, Oprah devoted her entire show to diabetes. She and Dr. Mehmet Oz described diabetes as “the silent killer”and noted that, beyond its physically damaging eﬀects, diabetes costs our health system more each year, for treatment, than AIDS and all cancers combined. We salute Oprah for making Americans more aware of this widespread public health issue, which poses a serious threat to the Latino population in America. Experts predict that nearly half of Latino children born in the year 2000 are likely to develop diabetes in their lifetimes. Here are a few statistics cited on our Latino Nutrition Coalition website:
- About 10.2% of all Latino Americans have diabetes
- On average, Latino Americans are 1.9 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Latino whites of similar age.
- For Latinos 50 or older, about 25-30% have diabetes, either diagnosed or undiagnosed.