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Latinos are twice as likely as whites to develop and die from diabetes in their lifetime.
Diabetes threatens the health of Latino regions across the country.
In Texas, 13% of San Antonio’s population has diabetes. 17% of people have diabetes in border cities of Brownsville and Laredo, some of the highest rates in the nation. Latino-populated California has three diabetes-prone cities, Compton (16.5%), Lynwood (16.4%) and Southgate (15%).
The scary thing is that many Latinos are unaware that they even have diabetes.
On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, let’s use #SaludTues on Twitter to chat how to promote awareness of diabetes risk factors and preventive solutions during #DiabetesAlertDay!
- TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 26, 2019
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: Texas Department of State Health Services, (@TexasDSHS), Kelly Close, writer, editor, & diaTribe Foundation chair (@kellyclose), Chap Care Health Care (@ChapCareOrg), and the National Medical Hispanic Association (@NHMAmd)
- OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #DiabetesAlertDay
This #SaludTues we’ll open the floor to your comments, tips, and stories as we explore:
- Which communities are at the biggest diabetes risk, and why?
- How does one’s neighborhood impact their diabetes risk?
- What innovative strategies and programs can families, schools, communities, and healthcare providers use to prevent diabetes and enable better disease management?
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your stories, and resources to help promote awareness of diabetes risks and solutions during Diabetes Alert Day!
Email Rosalie Aguilar for this week’s #SaludTues tweetchat questions in advance.
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.