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Diabetes in African Americans

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4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life
These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.
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Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Tips to help African Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes move more and eat less to lower their risk for diabetes.
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Diabetes and African Americans (from the Office of Minority Health)
This webpage provides statistics related to African Americans and diabetes.

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The Diabetes Epidemic Among African Americans (PDF, 90 KB) *
A publication from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Family Reunion Health Guide: Make Kidney Health a Family Reunion Affair
Designed for reunion planners or family health champions. Encourages families to discuss kidney disease at family reunions and other gatherings. Provides three sample approaches and fact sheets on diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.
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For People of African, Mediterranean, or Southeast Asian Heritage: Important Information about Diabetes Blood Tests
Defines hemoglobin variants and explains how they can cause false results for a diabetes blood test called the A1C test. Discusses how false results can affect diabetes care in people with hemoglobin variants. Lists risk factors for having a hemoglobin variant. Provides links to additional resources.
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Minority Women's Health: Diabetes (from the Office of Women’s Health)
This webpage provides information on diabetes, one of the largest health issues facing African American women.

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Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention
This curriculum can be used by small groups to learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes around food and physical activity to prevent and manage diabetes. The accompanying CD-ROM has files for NDEP materials used in conjunction with the curriculum.
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The Road to Health Toolkit
Designed for African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos at risk for type 2 diabetes, this toolkit provides materials to start a community outreach program reinforcing the message that type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented.

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Sickle Cell Trait and Other Hemoglobinopathies and Diabetes: Important Information for Providers
Explains how the A1C test can lead to misdiagnosis, overtreatment, or undertreatment of diabetes in people with hemoglobinopathies. Explains when to suspect a patient has a variant.
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Step by step: Moving towards prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
This music CD helps African Americans incorporate more physical activity into their lives. It features three original songs with empowering messages that urge listeners to move more. Three songs from the popular Movimiento music CD also are included. This CD also contains a music video, Every Day is a New Beginning, that can be viewed on a DVD player.

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What African Americans with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure Need to Know: Get Checked for Kidney Disease
For people with diabetes or high blood pressure. Explains the key risk factors for kidney disease and the importance of getting tested.
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Page last updated July 9, 2014


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