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Latino Diabetes Initiative


Joslin Diabetes Center launched the Latino Diabetes Initiative in July 2002. The Latino Initiative is part of the world renowned Joslin Clinic, which means that patients receive the highest quality education and clinical care.

The overall goal of the Initiative is to improve the lives of Latinos affected by diabetes or at risk for the disease through culturally oriented patient care, education, outreach and research.

Risks for Latinos

  • Latinos are the fastest growing and largest minority group in the United States.
  • Their risk of developing diabetes is 1 1/2 times greater than non-Latino White Americans.
  • A Latino child born today has a 50% chance of developing diabetes in his/her lifetime.
  • Over 10% of all Latinos in the U.S. have diabetes (1/3 of whom remain undiagnosed).
  • Latinos aged 50 and older have substantially higher rates of diabetes (24-30%).
  • 25% of Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans over 45 have diabetes.

The Latino Diabetes Initiative welcomes philanthropic support. Each contribution advances our mission to improve care, advance research, and provide education and outreach to the Latino community.To purchase tickets for our Ritmos de Salud (Healthy Rhythms) event visit http://www.joslin.org/ritmos. Follow us by visiting https://www.facebook.com/RitmosDeSalud.


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Latino Initiative in the News

Enrique Caballero, M.D., explains why diabetes in the Latino community is a significant issue.

The Latino Initiative website has been sponsored by the Verizon Foundation.