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Making An Impact On Diabetes In the Minority Community

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association recognizes the ever changing diversity that makes up our community. Diabetes affects everyone, specifically various minority groups including Asian, African American, Hispanic, who are more at risk. That's why the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has established the Multi-Cultural Diabetes Resource Center, which offers information that will help you learn how to prevent and manage diabetes.

By using the Center's resources, you can help yourself manage the disease by learning the steps to good diabetes care. The Multi-Cultural Diabetes Resource Center is funded through a grant from the Columbus Medical Association Foundation (CMAF).

The Multi-Cultural Diabetes Resource Center will also add to the number of minority educators in the community by providing culturally specific diabetes education and training to qualified individuals, with the goal of increasing minority participation in diabetes education and detection programs.

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association clinical staff will serve as mentors to these educators, with the hope that this action will lead to better health outcomes and reduced disparity for minorities with diabetes.

In Ohio, studies show that minorities are underserved and underrepresented in formal diabetes education programs.

How Can The Center Help Me?

99% of diabetes care is self-care. Taking care of diabetes is a team effort between you and your healthcare providers (doctor, nurse, dietitian educators, pharmacist and others). You are the most important member of the team. By using the Center's resources, you can keep yourself healthy by learning what to do for good diabetes care.

What Can I Find There?

The Multi-Cultural Diabetes Research Center has resources that will help you learn how to prevent and manage diabetes through exercise, healthy foods, blood sugar testing and medications. At the Center you will find:
  • Information in Spanish, Somali, Cambodian, Russian and some Asian languages
  • Large print diabetes education books and magazines
  • Videos and audiotapes
  • Books and videos for children
  • Online information resources
  • How to get an interpreter when you need hospital care or health information in your language.
  • Two work stations, including one with a computer
  • Reading lounge area
  • Tools for healthcare professionals

Who Does It Affect

EVERYONE! Because everyone knows someone with "sugar". Anyone with more than two risk factors could develop diabetes. People with a HIGH risk for diabetes are:
  • Apple shaped (extra weight around the middle)
  • Members of minority groups, such as African American, Hispanic and Asian.
  • Inactive (rarely exercise)
  • Over age 30
  • Related to people with diabetes
If your blood sugar level is high, you must see a doctor right away!

What is the Central Ohio Diabetes Association?

One in 10 people in our community will develop diabetes. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps Central Ohioans with diabetes detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes regardless of their ability to pay.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a dangerous disease that can make you very sick. Some people call their diabetes "sugar." It happens when there is too much sugar in the blood. When the body can't turn sugar from food into energy for the body, it stays in the blood. Too much sugar in the blood for a long time causes health problems. High blood sugar can damage many parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and eyes. It can block the flow of blood to your feet and lead to loss of limbs.

What Should I Look For?

Be aware of the following warning signs:
D - Drowsy, lack of energy
I - Itching
A - A family history of diabetes
B - Blurred vision
E - Extreme thirst or frequent urination
T - Tingling, numbness
E - Extreme weight loss or gain
S - Slow healing of cuts

Why Should I Care?

  • Diabetes is a disease that can cause death and serious health problems, such as blindness, kidney failure, damage to nerves, and heart disease.
  • There is a lot you can do to PREVENT diabetes problems. By keeping your blood sugar normal most of the time, you can live a long and healthy life.