Researchers Tackling Diabetes in Native Americans

LAS VEGAS -- A problem is growing in Nevada's Native American community -- a diabetes epidemic.

Now a federal grant is helping UNLV reach out to pre-diabetic Native Americans and Alaska natives. The 16 week program requires exercise and meetings with a lifestyle coach.

The program is trying to work around apathy towards getting help.

"They are not accessing tribal resources, health resources or any health clinic resources and so this is one of the things that makes it difficult in terms of health care for this group," said Dan Benyshek, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UNLV.

UNLV researchers hope to see participants achieve a 5 to 10-percent weight loss.

To become a part of the study, researchers are screening for 16 candidates who are self-identified American Indians and Alaska Natives who are 21 or older with "pre-diabetic" conditions based on blood glucose levels.

Interested parties will be screened at the Las Vegas Indian Center, 2300 W. Bonanza Road, on Saturday, July 31 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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