“Diabetes is Not Our Way of Life”

Native Americans have the highest rate of type II diabetes in the world — even though the disease is preventable and did not affect American Indians historically.

Today, diabetes is so prevalent that the Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, SD has launched a large-scale public awareness campaign that is dedicated to preventing diabetes among Lakota youth.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is perhaps the first tribe to emphasize that diabetes and its associated costs and challenges are on a par with mental health and substance abuse concerns and costs for tribes, and that it should be prioritized accordingly.

Michele Obama’s initiative – “Let’s Move in Indian Country” – has brought more attention to the rate of childhood obesity and diabetes that has been growing over generations. Please refer to our earlier blogs on the issue:

The above video, entitled Diabetes is Not Our Way, was put out by the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP), in conjunction with the Lowenstein Foundation, the Diabetes Action research and Education Foundation, and the Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development.

It is the hope of CRYP that this campaign will help raise awareness about the rise of diabetes among Native children and what their future holds. They also hope to encourage and motivate other tribes to seriously undertake individual, family, and community efforts and collaborations to prevent type II diabetes among Native youth.

We hope that you will take the time to learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project.  And please stay tuned to their LakotaYouth web site and this blog for more PSAs from their campaign.

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  1. David Smith
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Diabetics a diseases which is recognize manually after the age of 40, therefore around the world there are lots of diabetics are found, mostly Americans are the high rated diabetics in the world, experts suggested that diabetics are caused due to excess sugar in the hemoglobin or blood. But we can prevent these diseases through effective diet plans and medication formula.

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  2. Posted December 7, 2012 at 1:23 am | Permalink

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  3. Posted April 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Excelente post. E estado leyendo y escribiendo mucho sobre este tema, y un dato a tener en cuenta, según unos estudios realizados por científicos en Norteamérica, es que un 70% de las personas que tienen caderas anchas son propensas a tener diabetes, dependiendo también de la genética. Buen post. Gracias.

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