POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 7:46am
MCALLEN, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — It's a disease that is closely linked to heart disease, strokes, amputations, and even blindness. Here in the Rio Grande Valley diabetes is becoming a more common disease, which is growing in epic proportions.
Dr. Marcel B. Twahirwa is a Diabetes Specialist for Doctors Hospital in Edinburg. Twahirwa says, "If you live in a population like we live in, with 30% of the population which atleast has diabetes, so all those symptoms and high risks they become almost not as important."
At 12-years-old Dante Almaguer of McAllen was diagnosed with Juvenile diabetes, since then it's been and up down battle with his health.
Almaguer says, "I had reno failure and I lost vision to my left eye, and my brother donated a kidney, i waited for six months, i was on dialysis for five in a half months."
For Almaguer it Is crucial he take care of his condition, Almaguer isn't alone, unfortunately type one diabetes is on the rise. Sadly, the longterm affects can be deadly , that is why diet and exercise play such an important role.
Meanwhile, recent health reports show that diabetes is hitting hard among Hispanic and African- American groups and here in the Rio Grande Valley it is becoming a rising concern among Hispanics.
Despite the prevalent spike in diabetes, advanced medications and treatments are promising to help preserve the body's ability to produce insulin helping those struggling with the condition.