Diabetes Mellitus is one of the leading causes of death in the our communities. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious damage of every organ, often resulting in complications such as stroke, blindness, kidney failure, amputation of limbs, and complications of pregnancy.
Did you know that diabetes affects 1 of 15 people here in Hawaii?
12.8 percent of Native Hawaiian adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of the disease, occurring in about 90% - 95% of people with diabetes. In this form of diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or it cannot use it properly. A person with type 2 diabetes can experience symptoms very gradually, often over years, thus delaying diagnosis and proper management. Management and control of diabetes is critical to preventing the development of complications such as cardiovascular disease, eye disease, or kidney disease.
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OHA Native Hawaiian Health Fact sheet 2017 & State of Hawaii Dept. of Health