Native American Diabetes Initiative's targeted response to the challenge of diabetes in the Native American community.Type 2 diabetes is attacking this community in epidemic numbers, with rates as high as 50 percent in some tribes. Native culture and heritage cannot be protected and promoted very well if large numbers continue to be stricken with this terrible condition.
The Native American Diabetes Initiative is charged with developing and disseminating critical messages to the Native American community,including American Indians, Alaska Natives andFirst Nations about the seriousness of diabetes.We are here to petition all Native American Elders with diabetes as to why they should take care of themselves.
Elders, you are needed.You are valued, you are the link to history, you are your wisdom and everyone needs you.
It is only by you, the ELDERS, keeping yourself strong and vital, caring for yourself, that you will have the strength to help teach the young ones the traditional ways. We must do this,if only to keep the honor of your ancestors, who fought and perished to keep these customs alive for future generations to carry on and enjoy. We ask this for all future generations.
Diabetes is one of the top three killers of Native American people, the other two being cancer and heart disease, and heart disease and diabetes ARE linked. By creating this web resource, We hope to bring awareness to Native Americans of all Nations, all tribes, that this
disease can be beaten, can be lived with. You have to want to work at it, and most importantly, YOU HAVE TO TRY.
We are actively seeking Diabetics ,Elders,Activists Advocates,Artists,Leaders,Doctors,RNs,Diabetic Educators,Reporters ,Writers ,