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Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 20:51
EL PASO — The El Paso Diabetes Association held a health fair Sunday in hopes of helping raise awareness for diabetes.
Diabetes affects more than 25 million people in the United States with hispanics being more at risk of getting the disease.
"Our culture the hispanic culture tends to have more diabetes than other cultures," said Ana Siqueiros, a diabetes educator and registered nurse.
Hispanics are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes than any other race.
Siquerios said there's two specific reasons why that risk is higher.
"Diabetes can be developed by the way that we eat and we don't exercise," Siquerios said.
She said a lot of mexican food tends to be heavy in carbs.
Without exercise, that adds to the obesity rate where 23 percent of people in El Paso county are already considered obese by the Centers for Disease Control.
"If we were to eat smaller portions more frequently everybody would lose weight and prevent those blood sugar levels to go high," Siquerios said.
Siquerios said exercise can also help prevent the disease and what better way than to take advantage of El Paso's scenery.
"We have beautiful mountains we have beautiful deserts and we can just go take a walk very early in the morning or in the evening," Siquerios said.
El Paso Diabetes Association