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Native American/Alaska Native | General

Diabetes

Diabetes, one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, has reached near epidemic levels among Native American adults. Diet, obesity and heredity are contributing factors in contracting the disease. The Centers for Disease Control has found diabetes in Native Americans at a rate more than double that of other adults, while the Indian Health Services has found that American Indian and Alaska Native children have obesity rates of 40%, four times the rate for the general population. However, through education about the causes of diabetes, the disease can be prevented or managed.

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General Resources

  • American Diabetes Association Logo American Diabetes Association

  • This site has it all: quality information about diabetes, how to live a healthier life with diabetes, community resources and even an online bookstore to buy cookbooks and other information.

  • Health Topic: Diabetes and Diabetes Public Health Resource   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Logo
    Both of the above sites are programs at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first is one for health care consumers and the second is information for public health practitioners as well as the public.


  • MedlinePlus® – Diabetes   MedlinePlus Logo
    Links to reviewed, authoritative resources that cover all aspects of diabetes. It includes the latest news about diabetes, clinical trials and other aspects of the disease. No commercial resources are linked from here.


  • National Diabetes Education Program
    A partnership of more than 200 public and private organizations and the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Information includes Medicare's coverage for diabetes, and resource kits for doing awareness campaigns and programs in your community.


  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Logo
    The institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that funds and does research on diabetes. Current clinical research and funding opportunities can be found here as well as reports.


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