The Indian Health Service will continue to include type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment among our highest priorities.
Native Americans and Hispanic people, and people of lower economic status, are diagnosed with diabetes at a higher rate than the average, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
A successful program that helps tribes address high rates of diabetes in their communities is once again in danger of expiring despite widespread and bipartisan support.
A free 20-week course helps Indigenous people make simple and healthful meals that are good for diabetics.
Native American adults are 50 percent more likely to be affected by obesity than non-Hispanic whites. They also are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes.
Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans are most at risk for diabetes, with racial and ethnic minorities reporting the highest rates of the debilitating disease.
Indian Country has made extraordinary progress on the diabetes front even though there remains a long way to go before the disease is under control.
From 2002 to 2013, the list price of insulin nearly tripled, causing patient out-of-pocket expenses to double.
Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy still remembers the ambulances parked in front of her house, the long trips to Denver for treatment and the doctor's announcement on Christmas Eve.
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Over the years I have written about the epidemic that is the scourge of Indian Country: Diabetes
The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is poised to see another day thanks to new developments on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is pushing Congress to extend the Special Diabetes Program for Indians before the funds run out next month.
Tribal advocates continue to lobby Congress in hopes of securing long-term funding for a key diabetes program.
The recent federal government shutdown exposed shortcomings within the Indian health care system, including the vulnerability of tribal health care programs.
Congress has renewed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians but only for three months, the shortest extension on record.
A new study, one that is built on a massive amount of data, reports that obesity among Native American youth is staying mostly the same.
A new report confirms that American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately impacted by diabetes but Congress has been slow to renew a program helps fight the disease.
The program has bipartisan support and has demonstrated success but it's due to expire before the end of the year unless Congress takes action.
Diabetes is an important topic for Indian Country, for our families and communities, and for the Indian Health Service.
Alton Villegas, a citizen of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offered an unusual call to action for an 11-year-old boy.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing takes place in Washington, D.C., on March 29.
The hearing comes as tribes lobby Congress to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
From obesity to poverty, we change the words, we can change our communities.
The life and culture of our nation’s Native American tribes are written in nearly every chapter of America’s story.
I saw his obituary in a Sunday paper that was almost a year old.
Across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation thousands of people have become aware of the benefits of living a more healthy and fit lifestyle
The Nevada tribe is hoping to educate its youth about the importance of cultivating their own food.
As humans we can adapt to any kind of diet, and we have, as Lakota people, but what if we go back to our native diet?
The Heberprot-P drug has been used successfully in the Caribbean nation but it's still undergoing medical trials in the United States.
For all the negativity that exists in Indian Country there are always positive movements taking shape in some way or another.
I don’t have any quick solutions; I do know that the answers are within our communities and us.
Like any oppressed people, we learned to survive on what we had and white flour and processed sugar and high fat foods replaced our true traditional foods.
Congress authorized the program to provide $300 million over two years to help Indian Country fight high rates of the disease.
The Lake County Tribal Health Clinic offers free physical training and classes in healthy eating and improving lifestyles.
The money will be used to improve nutrition and access to healthy foods for Native youth.
To the people whose roots run deepest in Montana, almost nothing has inflicted more environmental and economic harm than eliminating wild buffalo.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota launched the program to improve nutrition in Indian Country.
Dr. Rodney Stapp said amputations have dropped to virtually zero after the introduction of Nike N7 shoe.
Diabetes cases grew 5 percent in the last 5 years and nearly a quarter of youth are considered obese by the time they enter high school.
The foundation, created by Navajo / Pueblo golfer Notah Begay, combats diabetes in Indian Country.
Indian Country has long faced the epidemic of diabetes with rates 2.3 times greater than the general population.
The tribe is screening more people and introducing healthier foods as part of its effort to combat the disease.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has held nine hearings, including two on reservations, and has advanced nearly a dozen bills since the start of the 114th Congress.
The Special Diabetes Program for Indians will be extended for two years under a bill that is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.
For students on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation finding access to healthy and nutrient dense foods is often a struggle for a variety of reasons.
It is spring again, and the hopes for better weather are accompanied by the worries and concerns of many American Indian and Alaska Native communities working hard to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications.
Among third grade students, a whopping 52.8 percent of American Indians are considered overweight or obese.
Starting tomorrow, the tribe will collect an extra 2 percent tax on sugary foods that are deemed to have little or no nutritional value.
What caused the decline of eyesight in Native America? Books. Yes, books.
The tribe, which has become a philanthropic force in Minnesota and in Indian Country, has smartly worked in partnership with leading organizations that have done pioneering work in nutrition, fitness and wellness.
The Navajos passed a 2 percent sales tax on pastries, chips, soda, desserts, fried foods, sweetened beverages, and other products with 'minimal-to-no-nutritional value.'
Obesity has been a problem for me most of my life. Growing up I shopped in the husky section.
Last year I got particularly out of shape for the holidays. So I was kinda in triage mode when New Year hit.
The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on sugary foods that are deemed to have little or no nutritional value.
The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on soda and sugary foods.