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Food for Life: Spanish Diabetes Initiative

Comer para vivir: Iniciativa Diabetes

The Power of Food for Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Diabetes is a major public health problem of epidemic proportions. More than 12 percent of the U.S. adult population has diabetes (up from 8 percent in 2007), and nearly one-third of those 65 and older have the disease. In its first national study of Hispanic health issues, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that Hispanics are 51 percent more likely to die from diabetes compared to whites. Uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to complications from head to toe, including stroke, loss of vision, heart disease, kidney failure, and various problems due to nerve damage and circulatory problems, such as erectile dysfunction or lower-extremity amputation. Research studies have demonstrated that a plant-based nutrition approach reduces the risk of diabetes, and can greatly benefit those who have been diagnosed with the disease.

The goal of this program is to empower Spanish-speaking populations who have diabetes or concerns about developing diabetes, along with their friends and family members, with new information and skills. Each class offers a cooking demonstration and provides samples of delicious, health-promoting dishes, along with a take-home packet of easy and affordable recipes.

La diabetes es un problema grave en la salud pública de proporciones epidémicas. Más de 12 por ciento de la población adulta de Estados Unidos tiene diabetes (frente al 8 por ciento en 2007), y casi un tercio de las personas mayores de 65 años tienen la enfermedad. En su primer estudio nacional sobre temas de salud hispanas, el Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades encontró que los hispanos son 51 por ciento más probabilidades de morir de diabetes en comparación con los blancos. Sin control, la diabetes puede llevar a complicaciones de pies a cabeza, incluyendo derrame cerebral, pérdida de la visión, enfermedades del corazón, insuficiencia renal, y varios problemas debido a daño nervioso y problemas circulatorios, como la disfunción eréctil o la amputación de las extremidades inferiores. Los estudios de investigación han demostrado que un enfoque de la nutrición basada en vegetales reduce el riesgo de diabetes, y puede beneficiar mucho a los que han sido diagnosticados con la enfermedad.

El objetivo de este programa es apoderar a las poblaciones que tienen diabetes, o preocupaciones sobre el desarrollo de la diabetes, junto con sus amigos y su familia con la nueva información y habilidades. Cada clase ofrece una demostración de cocina, y proporciona muestras de platos deliciosos y promoción de la salud, junto con un paquete de recetas fáciles para llevar a casa.

FEATURED CLASS TOPICS

  • Introducción: Cómo los alimentos combaten la diabetes
    Introduction to How Foods Fight Diabetes
  • Entendiendo la diabetes tipo 2
    Understanding Type 2 Diabetes
  • Diseñando una dieta que controle peso al máximo
    Designing a Diet for Maximum Weight Control
  • El índice glucémico
    The Glycemic Index
  • Manteniendo un corazón sano
    Keeping a Healthy Heart

A well-planned plant-based diet has many nutritional benefits and has been demonstrated to be as acceptable as the portion-controlled diet for diabetes management. A plant-based diet has also been endorsed by the American Dietetic Association and described as a safe choice in the 2009 American Diabetes Association's Standards of Care for Diabetes.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes is the text we use in our diabetes classes. The text includes a wealth of nutrition information and recipes! Purchase the book >

The blenders used in many of our Food for Life classes were generously donated by the Vita-Mix Corporation.

The cookware and induction burners used in many of these classes were generously donated by Saladmaster.

New instructors and cities are frequently added. Watch this site for new classes near you.