Central American family changes eating habits to help mother control diabetes

SHALEEKA POWELL
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Hilda and Lillian Castellanos at a family event.

Hilda and Lillian Castellanos at a family event.
Photo courtesy of the Castellanos family.

Diabetes is a disease that is characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to use insulin. This is a chronic disease that is prevalent in the Latino community. Latinos are more at risk because of family history, a life style with low physical activity, and a high carbohydrates and sugar diet that leads to obesity. Lillian Castellanos, 21, a family consumer science major at California State University, Northridge, is struggling with her mother’s disease. In this interview, Lillian discusses how the disease affects her life and the lives of her family members. Hilda Castellanos, Lillian’s mother, a Central American immigrant, who arrived to Los Angeles area in the 80s, now fights diabetes. She has had Type 2 diabetes for a year now.

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The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes consume a diet low in fat and high in fiber-containing foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This disease is common in the Castellanos family and three of her family members have passed away due to this disease. Existence of healthcare facilities in South Central is scarce. Lillian’s mother receives treatment at the Martin Luther King Jr. Mulit-Service Ambulatory Care Clinic located in her neighborhood. Lillian is not too excited about her mother receiving treatment at this clinic due to the bad reputation. This clinic is known as “Killer King” to many South Central residents. Lillian discussed in the interview how her mother’s sugar is high but not high enough for her to inject insulin. It is very important for families to be supportive of their patient with a chronic disease to help make sure that the individual controls the illness and lives a healthy lifestyle. Lillian’s family helps her mother eat healthy by changing their eating habits as well.

Publicado el diciembre 13, 2012 en Salud / Health y etiquetado en , , , , . Guarda el enlace permanente. 1 comentario.

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