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Diabetes resources.

It is difficult for most people to maintain weight and monitor blood sugar levels during the holidays when baked goods and high-calorie feasts are plentiful, so you can imagine the challenges those with diabetes face. People who deal with diabetes on a daily basis have to monitor not only what they eat, but they also need to take special steps to ensure that their feet, teeth and internal organs receive extra attention. Medical care is key, but it is also necessary for those with diabetes to take an active approach in self care. Here are some resources available in the National Center for Farmworker Health Resource Center that can help both diabetes patients and the clinicians who serve them. To obtain these materials, please visit the library collection section of our website at www.ncfh.org or contact Stephanie Holmes at (512) 312-5464.

Research:

Diabetes Lay Educator Case Study: One Woman's Experience Working With The Hispanic Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (2006)

In the year 2000, Migrant Health Services, Inc. began utilizing Diabetes Lay Educators (DLEs) to improve the health status of Hispanic migrant farmworkers with diabetes. The purpose of this case study was to provide insight into the perceptions of one DLE, and outline characteristics these workers need to achieve positive client outcomes. These characteristics included a strong internal desire to help this population, a knowledge base, and advocacy skills needed to work between two cultures.

Diabetes: Addressing a Chronic Disease in a Mobile Population (2001)

This bilingual report, created by Migrant Clinicians Network, discusses the problems of diabetes in the migrant farmworker community. It addresses conditions of farmworkers living with diabetes, the factors that lead to farmworker diabetes, and the efforts being done in diabetes care.

Patient Education:

Diabetes (2007)

Diabetes, a patient-education piece by Fotonovelas Del Valle, is available for loan in the NCFH Resource Center. The Spanish-language fotonovela discusses diabetes including symptoms and treatments. The resource also includes a self-assessment that calculates the risk of acquiring diabetes.

Diabetes: Information for Healthy Living/ La Diabetes: Informacion Para Una Vida Saludable (2004)

Bilingual interactive CD-Rom created by NCFH that contains basic diabetes information for the diabetic patient or family members. This tool can be used by health centers in their waiting rooms as part of a learning kiosk, it can be given to patients to use at home, or it can be used by a nurse, doctor, or diabetes educator to guide a newly diagnosed patient through the disease.

Diabetes, Enfermedades del Corazon y Ataques al Cerebro / Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke (2003)

The American Heart Association's bilingual informational pamphlet that helps people with diabetes understand how to manage the disease. The material also outlines the risk factors concerning heart disease and strokes. Quantities limited to 1 sample copy.

La Diabetes: Una Historia Acerca de Rosa y Su Familia (2005)

The Channing Bete Company created La Diabetes: Una Historia Acerca de Rosa y Su Familia to reduce the disproportionate impact of type 2 diabetes within the Hispanic/Latino community. This culturally-competent, eight-page "fotonovela" raises awareness of diabetes. The booklet also outlines the health risks that can arise if diabetes is not managed properly. The booklet encourages readers to make lifestyle choices that help prevent diabetes and enable those with diabetes to enjoy a longer, healthier life. One sample copy is available per request.

Links:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is the Government's lead agency for diabetes research. The NIDDK operates three information clearinghouses of potential interest to people seeking diabetes information and funds six Diabetes Research and Training Centers and eight Diabetes Endocrinology Research Centers. www.niddk.nih.gov

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) serves as a diabetes information, educational, and referral resource for health professionals and the public. NDIC is a service of the NIDDK. Diabetes education materials are available free or at little cost. Literature searches on myriad subjects related to diabetes are available. Access NDIC by phone 1-800-860-8747 or fax: 703-738-4929 or e-mail ndic@info.niddk.nih.gov or the Internet: www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov.

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) seeks to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Diabetes education materials are available free or at little cost. Access NDEP by phone 1-800-438-5383 or fax 703-738-4929 or e-mail ndep@mail.nih.gov or the Internet: www.ndep.nih.gov.
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Author:Holmes, Stephanie
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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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