Type II diabetes is often associated exclusively with obese or sedentary individuals, but risk factors also include family history, age, smoking, and access to medical care, and anyone can actually become victim of one of the variants of this disease. That is why it is important when it is made public that some celebrity has diabetes, such as Halle Berry, Don Francisco and, more recently, Tom Hanks, and the news can contribute to awareness if it is approached appropriately.
The month of November, when Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day is celebrated around the world, is an opportunity to highlight some interesting facts and highlight the efforts of those fighting the condition. According to data from the National Institutes of Health, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death among Hispanics, and we are at greater risk of developing the disease than other populations, which is why it is so important that we inform ourselves and adopt a proactive approach..
An example of action aimed at helping Latinos is the Families with Diabetes portal, an education and support tool aimed at the Hispanic community. Its founders, Jimmy and Mila Ferrer, began their activism after Jaime, their three-year-old son, was diagnosed with type I diabetes, and they will be participating in numerous activities this month. Families with diabetes aims to serve as a link for Latino families living with diabetes, to help them control the disease to improve their living conditions and avoid possible complications. The site includes explanations of the different types of diabetes, statistics and even recipes for diabetics.
Also from her blog Jaime, my sweet warrior, Mila Ferrer tells us anecdotes of the daily life of the family, the achievements and challenges of Jaime and other cases of children living with diabetes. This month, in connection with the campaign launched by the International Diabetes Federation entitled "Protect our future", Mila has decided to use the phrase "I protect the future of ------" as a symbol of her commitment to care and educate your child, and encourages families dealing with diabetes to commit to preparing their children to take control of their health, now and in the future.