Lower Your Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk

Tu Salud: Lower Your Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk

Latino seniors are at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease. Here’s why and tips on what to do about it.

By Geri K. Metzger, Contributing Writer

In Latino families, tradition tends to run deep. Many seniors pride themselves on passing down family values and beliefs. Family dinners, favorite pastimes and celebrations keep family ties strong.

If you’re Latino, there’s one thing you don’t want to pass down. That’s a risk of diabetes and heart disease. Start a new family tradition of health to lower your and your family’s risk of these health problems. Statistics show:

  • 1. More than one in 10 Latino Americans has diabetes.
  • 2. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than people without diabetes.
  • 3. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Latinos in the U.S.