Univision mini-doc: Diabetes plagues the Rio Grande Valley
The California Supreme Court has ruled that school employees without medical licenses can give insulin shots to diabetic students in some cases. Francisco Prieto is with the American Diabetes Association. He says the ruling is necessary to keep students at understaffed schools safe.
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In the Valley, one in three people have the disease, but only half have received a formal diagnosis, according to the School of Public Health at the University of Texas. Type 2 diabetes is the most common, in which the pancreas continues to produce insulin even though the body is unable to use it effectively. Statistically, Hispanics are twice as likely to die from diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.
Diabetes Has Reached Epidemic Proportions in the Valley
Levels of poverty here are some of the highest in the country. In addition, a significant percentage of the workforce is undocumented.
This makes it very difficult for patients with kidney disease to receive dialysis or an organ transplant. Video: Text : John Hubbell.