Dr. Sheri reaches out to a unique segment of the population in her latest book on diabetes, “Diabetes? No Problema! A Latino’s Guide to Living Well with Diabetes.”
Written as a guide to diabetes management and prevention for everyone with a Latino/Hispanic heritage, this is her eighth book on the subject of diabetes, a disease she has lived with since the age of 4, and healthy lifestyles. The current version is in English, but the publisher, Da Capo Press, is actively seeking a foreign publisher interested in translating the book and distributing it in Spanish throughout the Americas next year.
Co-author of the book is Mexican-born diabetes physician and researcher, Dr. Leonel Villa-Caballero, who is also the director of the Latino initiative, “Taking Control of Your Diabetes” (www.tcoyd.org), based in San Diego.
A conservative estimate of the number of diabetic Americans by the year 2030 is over 30 million, but it’s likely to turn out to be much higher than that. Currently over two and a half million Latinos (about 10 percent of the people afflicted with diabetes in the U.S.) are believed to have diabetes as well. As an ethnic group, Latinos comprise the country’s largest minority group and have the second highest incidence of diabetes in the United States, behind Native Americans. Unfortunately, all Latinos share an increased incidence of diabetes regardless of their ethnic mix, and diabetes complications like heart disease, vision loss and nerve damage often occur at an earlier age. Does that mean the situation is hopeless if you’re Latino? Absolutely not.
“Diabetes? No Problema!” includes stories of Latinos around the world who are living well with diabetes, like Gloria Rodriguez from Washington, D.C. (originally from Puerto Rico); Manny Hernandez (type 1 diabetic founder of a Latino diabetes social network, (http://TuDiabetes.com); Maria de los Angeles Martinez de Pozos from Mexico; and Gladys Rojas de Chacin from Venezuela. Moreover, the book teaches Latinos everything they need to know to take on diabetes and live la vida buena despite having diabetes, or simply how to prevent getting this disease in the first place. Fighting this insidious disease is going to only result from greater awareness and education about diabetes spread person to person, community to community – using the Latino tradition to its fullest.
Dr. Sheri is also hopeful that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor can advocate for diabetic Latinos as well, particularly since Sonia herself has been dealing successfully with type 1 diabetes since the age of 8. The book’s foreword is written by Latina diabetes activist and celebrity, Chef LaLa, who is known for her delicious and healthy Latino recipes and cookbooks and for acting as a diabetes advocate within the Latino community.
Manny Hernandez, president of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, notes that this book “explains diabetes in a way that anyone raised in a Latino household can relate to. … Reading this book and applying its wisdom will bring us one step closer to a long and healthy life.”
For more information or to order this book, visit Dr. Sheri’s web site at http://www.shericolberg.com.