Gabriel Cortez creates a historical bridge between Panama and growing up Panamanian-American, and the “arsenal of ways to self-destruct” that unite the intergenerational effects of Type 2 diabetes. Watch “Perfect Soldier”, a new Bigger Picture film directed by Jamie DeWolf.
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The Center for Health And Risk in Minority youth and adults (CHARM) is an NIH/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded comprehensive center of excellence for addressing disparities and chronic disease prevention in minority youth and young adults.
Jose Vadi, a poet and coordinator with the Bigger Picture, wrote a new article "Not Your Grandfather's Disease: Youth Change the Conversation on Type 2 Diabetes" for the online publication, Civil Eats, bringing to light the food justice issues related to type 2 diabetes.
From the article:
Most young people consider diabetes a “grandfather’s disease,” inherited at birth. They don’t always know that there are two very different forms of the disease, and that type 2 diabetes is preventable. This lack of awareness has staggering implications—between 2000 and 2008, rates of diabetes and prediabetes among Americans ages 12 to 19 shot from 9 percent to 23 percent.