Ruth Pupo, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes
Educator, prepares a "stick test" to measure a patient's blood
Diabetes is the leading contributor to death and disability among
adults 45 and older in WMMC's service area, according to the Los
Angeles County Department of Health Services. Diabetes has been
described as "epidemic" among the Latino population; it is
present in 40 percent of WMMC's patients and 80 percent of its
cardiac surgery patients.
Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group
of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that
result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use
insulin. [American Diabetes Association]
Nearly 50,000 people in the East Los Angeles area have diabetes.
That's not surprising, since one in seven Latinos and one in four
Mexican-Americans over the age of 45 are diabetic.
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