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Study Finds Hispanics Have Different Opinions On Diabetes

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Hispanics are nearly twice as likely as non-Hispanic to get diabetes, the perception of the metabolic disease, within the community, varies a great deal, according to a new survey by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

The alarming findings showed that 87 percent of Hispanics with diabetes think an afflicted person can take actions to prevent the illness compared to 80 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 69 percent of non-Hispanic blacks.

Only 3 percent of Hispanics thought of monitoring blood sugar as a way to manage diabetes.

In a press release, Jane L. Delgado, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, explained that diabetes has touched the lives of millions of Hispanic families and that the insights taken from the new survey confirm that diabetes is in fact a worry for many Latinos.

“These efforts are critical, especially considering Hispanics are nearly …

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In US, Undocumented Immigrants Can Donate – But Not Receive Organs

 

 

Olga’s undocumented status disqualifies her from getting on the organ transplant list. (Credit: New America Media/ Viji Sundaram )

Olga’s undocumented status disqualifies her from getting on the organ transplant list. (Credit: New America Media/ Viji Sundaram )

Without treatment to replace her failing kidneys, Olga knows she will die.

The 37-year-old single mother is desperate to get a transplant so she can get well enough to nurture and provide for her three children again – something she hasn’t been able to do for the last couple of years.

But her undocumented status disqualifies her from getting on the organ transplant list, endangering her life.

Olga’s frail health forced her to stop working as a house cleaning woman and attendant at a Bay Area car wash, something she did seven days a week to supplement the $800 monthly checks her children’s father sends her. Those were jobs she could do without revealing her unauthorized status. In 2010, she was abruptly forced to quit her job loading boxes

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Latinos and Mental Illness…

Latinos are identified as a high-risk group for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The prevalence of depression is higher in Latino women (46%) than Latino men (19.6%).

There are higher rates of mental illness among U.S. born and long-term residents than among recent Latino immigrants. A study found conclusively that long-term residence in the United States significantly increased rates in mental disorders, with particularly dramatic increases in the rates of substance abuse.

Where do Latinos seek help for their mental health problems?

Latinos are twice as likely to seek treatment for mental disorders in other settings, such as general health care or the clergy, than in mental health specialty settings.   Among Latinos with mental disorders, fewer than 1 in 11 contact mental health care specialists, while fewer than 1 in 5 contact general health care providers.  The statistics become more alarming among Latino immigrants with mental …

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