Number of People with Diabetes Increasing in the Valley

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 8:22am

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 2:33pm

More than 25 million people living in the United States suffer from diabetes. This illness is becoming more prevalent in the Valley. One local hospital states that people are coming in not knowing what they have and some end up leaving diagnosed with the disease.

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I was not a diabetic until a year ago tomorrow. I had gall stones and when my gall bladder was removed back in 2009 I developed a pseudo cyst when my pancreas becames disturbed during gall bladder removal. I ended up with chronic pancreatitis and lived with it until finally had a life saving surgery (total pancreatectomy with auto islet transplant) last year and has made me a diabetic, I do have a chance of someday that being reversed.Lack of exercise and poor diet had nothing to do with it.

It's tough in the valley. I found out that I was diabetic 4 years ago. Everywhere we go it's raspas, tamales, pan dulce and barbacoa. It would be great if there were more diabetic friendly options to choose from.

It's no wonder more people in the Valley are being diagnosed with diabetes. Most of them are poor and cannot afford to eat the right kinds of food. The majority of these people eat a daily diet of flour or corn tortillas, rice and beans which translates to nothing but carbs. Carbs are the biggest villains of diabetics as carbs are turned to sugar if they are not burned as energy. Diabetics are already at risk because their organs cannot properly process carbs. It's a no-win situation.

I agree with your comments Ms. June, and you left off the many bakeries that sell sweet bread. Most people who fall victims to diabetes don't excercise or eat a proper diet.

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