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Diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives

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American Indians/Alaska Natives (from the Office on Women’s Health)
This webpage covers diabetes as one of the health conditions common among American Indians/Alaska Natives.

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American Indian Health: An informational portal to issues affecting the health and well-being of American Indians (from the National Library of Medicine)
This resource is designed to bring together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population, including policies, consumer health information, and research.

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Diabetes and American Indians/Alaska Natives (from the Office of Minority Health)
Statistics related to diabetes and American Indians and Alaska Natives.

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I Can Lower My Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: A Guide for American Indians
Written with a special focus on American Indians, defines diabetes and reviews the signs and symptoms of the disease. Discusses the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and ways it can be prevented. Illustrated with photographs of American Indians. Includes a form for recording food intake and physical activity.
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Indian Health Service -Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention
A list of grants, meetings, diabetes education publications, standards of care, reports, and other resources.

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Living a Balanced Life with Diabetes: A Toolkit Addressing Psychosocial Issues for American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples (for health care professionals)
The toolkit contains a variety of culturally appropriate materials that can help health care professionals address psychosocial issues with American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

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Message of Hope: We Can Prevent Diabetes in Native American Communities
This brochure presents findings from the Diabetes Prevention Program, a national study that evaluated medication and lifestyle changes as ways of preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.

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Native Diabetes Wellness Program (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
This program provides links to resources, tools, and educational materials, including links to the Eagle Book series.

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Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes.
This patient education sheet explains the link between diabetes and heart disease. It encourages patients to work with their health care team to set targets and manage their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. It includes a record form to track target numbers.
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The Diabetes Epidemic among American Indians and Alaska Natives PDF Version (92 KB)*
Defines diabetes and its types and discusses how American Indians/Alaska Natives can prevent type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications.

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The Pima Indians: Pathfinders for Health
Describes the role of the Pima Indians in helping to understand diabetes and details the NIDDK’s efforts to improve clinical care and self-management practices among this group.

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We Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes
Tips to help American Indians and Alaska Natives at risk for type 2 diabetes move more and eat less to lower their risk for diabetes.
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Page last updated February 5, 2014


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