Diabetes Action is currently funding a long-term diabetes prevention program designed to reverse the epidemic of diabetes on the Cheyenne River Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
Currently, up to 40% of the youth on this reservation are at risk for diabetes. Children as young as 8 years old already have conditions such as elevated blood pressure, arterial plaque, enlarged hearts, metabolic syndrome, and other inflammatory indicators. Some older youths are already in need of kidney dialysis treatment and have visual and neurological complications as a result of type 2 diabetes.
This program is empowering local youth to prevent diabetes through wellness initiatives such as nutrition education, food preparation, fitness programs, and organic gardening.