Celebrity chef and cookbook author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz knows living with type 2 diabetes can be challenging ÔÇô her grandfather died from complications of type 2 diabetes, so she knows how important it is for people living with type 2 diabetes to manage their disease to help reduce their risk of serious complications, such as heart disease and stroke. In fact, type 2 diabetes affects the Hispanic community living in the United States more than other ethnic groups. Of the Hispanic adults living in the United States, nearly 12 percent are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes also affects 13.5 percent of adult Latinos in Los Angeles.
Food brings people together, especially in the Hispanic community where food is a very important aspect of the culture with many traditional and beloved recipes. "In the Hispanic community, we all take to heart our families, our food, our culture, and our community activities, and diabetes impacts all of these aspects of our lives. I'm thrilled to be partnering with Merck on Cuida tu Diabetes, Cuida tu Coraz??n to provide Hispanics living with type 2 diabetes and their families and caregivers with culturally-relevant resources to help them learn how to live a healthier lifestyle."
Chef Leticia will be at the American Diabetes Association's Feria de Salud event at Plaza Olvera this upcoming Sunday, November 10, to serve up some of her favorite dishes in order to help those living with type 2 diabetes learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. Joining Chef Leticia at the Feria de Salud event will be Robert Espinoza, MD, Family Medicine, Santa Ana, California. "I am pleased to work with Merck on Cuida tu Diabetes, Cuida tu Coraz??n to educate Hispanics in Los Angeles about managing this complex disease," said Dr. Espinoza. "Whether they are already diagnosed, at risk for, or caring for someone with type 2 diabetes, everyone attending the event can benefit from learning about the disease and the importance of working with a health care provider to set personalized goals."
There's no "one-size-fits-all" approach, so it is important to work with your health care provider to develop a diabetes-management plan that's right for you ÔÇô including diet, exercise, and if appropriate, medication ÔÇô and stick to that plan.
Stop by Plaza Olvera this weekend to sample some of Chef Leticia's favorite diabetes-friendly dishes that will be served by a participating local food truck, Tacos El Gallito. Also, be sure to visit www.cuidatudiabetescuidatucorazon.com for bilingual resources, including diabetes-friendly recipes, questions to ask your doctor, and information about the ABCs of diabetes (that's A for A1C, also known as blood sugar, B for blood pressure and C for cholesterol) as well as the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar.