While it may sound a little harsh to use the word “Die” but it’s very true, Diabetes is one of the number one killers of our Native American people. Personally, I am extremely sick and tired of hearing that our Native people are dying from a disease that can be almost avoided if we take better care of our health and wellness. There are many harsh facts surrounded by this disease but one in particular from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service released the following statistic:
Native Americans and Alaska Natives have a 2.2 times higher chance of having diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites. This risk factor alone should be enough to shake our Native population into shape and realize that we are damaging our culture by subjecting ourselves to this terrible disease.
Is it just that we can’t avoid the disease or are there really ways to pull through? I know personally, I suffer from low blood sugar tendencies and my family has a history of diabetes on both sides of the tree. Eating healthy and paying attention to our level of exercise may seem like an unruly task but it’s honestly worth beating the fatal health risks that could end yours or your child’s future. Drinking soda pop, eating foods soaked in grease, and eating portions large enough for two or three people are not part of our historical roots of being traditional or positive role models for our younger generation. There is nothing “earthly” or “cultural” about soda pop and fried foods other than we become a part of the earth sooner than our Creator would have maybe wanted. Let’s stop being a statistic!
We must take ownership in the grueling fact that Native American people are at a 200% higher risk for developing diabetes than many other life ending scenarios. Putting high fat, high cholesterol and high sugar ingredients into our bodies is killing our people. Please, wake up as a society and recognize that our “Tiospaye” is being destroyed if we don’t get a handle on the sugar that runs deep through many of our veins.
I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU! Please comment and make a pact that you will make a change for you and your family to be a healthier and happier Native American. Let’s bring the statistics down and put the life back into our people and honor our ancestors rather than work against what they left for us. Make a commitment today that you will help end the statistic of “Diabetes” in our people and bring back the health, wellness, and sacredness of our people. I personally have started a Wellness program that I would be happy to share with others and know for a fact that it is a PERFECT remedy for people suffering with risks of diabetes or literally living with the disease. Together, let’s stop being a statistic! (451)