First of all, remember, you are strong, you are powerful. You are Latina. Even with all the diabetes in our families and communities, Latinas still live longer than anyone else.
We are made of strong stuff. So even though we have diabetes, we still live longer than anyone else. Now let’s live, not just longer, but also healthier! We can do it.
Let’s take care of ourselves con Ganas y Salud!
DSMES is the Diabetes Self Management Education and Support Program. This program offers special diabetes education and management services to people with diabetes. These are certified educators who know what they’re doing when it comes to diabetes. They will help you figure out a plan that is tailored to your needs. Take advantage of it, if you can.
If you are Medicare and/or Medicaid, DSMES may be free. Find out more.
There are other very good resources in the United States for other diabetes education and support. There is a program called the Diabetes Self-Management Program and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program that offer classes. You will learn a lot about diabetes self-care and you will make friends!
Contact your local health department for information about these free classes. They are sometimes available in Spanish.
Eating healthy when you have diabetes is all about controlling your blood sugar levels. Starchy vegetables and processed grains like white flour, white rice, white flour tortillas and white bread are just some of the foods that will raise your blood sugar levels. These kinds of foods can cause you problems. Learn to eat these kinds of foods in a more moderate way, and your body will thank you. It doesn’t mean you can never have cake or bizcochitos or empanadas. It just means you need to take care of yourself by being careful and medida. Nothing wrong with being medida. (Didn’t your mama always tell you that?)
The plate method is a simple, visual way to make sure you get enough nonstarchy vegetables and lean protein while limiting the amount of higher-carb foods.
Get a bike! Ride your bike for 30 minutes. Work in your garden for 20 minutes and go for a walk for another 20 minutes.
Walking is free. Find a safe place to walk. Call your Comadre and get out there, Girl! Being more active will help you control you blood sugar and may help you get to a healthier weight. Don’t delay. Do it today.
Remember, you can live well with diabetes. You are strong. You are powerful. You are Latina! And you live longer than anyone else! That’s good news!
Now live your healthiest life so you can live that long life con ganas y salud.