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  • Twenty Years of Diabetes Research in the Rio Grande Valley

    Twenty Years of Diabetes Research in the Rio Grande Valley

    By Tim Green, Office of the Vice President for Research
    Published: June 25, 2012

    South Texas’ Starr County is a national poster child for diabetes. But UT Nursing’s Sharon Brown is helping residents help themselves.

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      Rene Cisneros, Ph.D. said on June 29, 2012 at 11:33 p.m.
      Where can I find details for the Spanish language diet plan that you devised? The large Central California farmworker population needs your help.
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      Lois Sturgis, RN said on June 29, 2012 at 12:27 a.m.
      I just wanted to take this opportunity to THANK everyone who has been helping the people of the Rio Grande Valley, to manage their diabetes. I was impressed with the way that your research was conducted. Thank you again, for helping these poor people. They want very much to manage their diabetes. All they need is someone to educate them and to take their culture into consideration when doing so. I am a Spanish-speaking RN who has lived in the Rio Grande Valley most of my life. I have been working as a substitute school nurse for the South Texas Independent School District in Hidalgo County, since the fall of 2011. I can tell you that by far, the majority of the children who present to all 5 school clinics that I cover, are extremely overweight. Ninety per cent of the children are Hispanic. These children also need someone to educate them constantly about nutrition, portion control and about the importance of "some" exercise (they love to dance), and the health benefits of drinking plenty of water (instead of soft drinks). Perhaps your program could be incorporated in the school setting, along with "j.k.living.org" which I just found out about today, on the Internet. It concerns me greatly because they are the future. When I see the type of lifestyle they are living, I can surmise that their future does not look good. Diabetes,Type 2, as we all know, is a complex disease that is totally avoidable. What is very sad is that diabetes is an enormous, unnecessary drain on the medical community and scarce medical resources available. Thank you again for committing 20 years of your life to such an incredibly worthy mission. May you continue to receive God's blessings.