One Way To Manage Your Diabetes

11/09/2021 by Michelle Madrid, MS Nutritional Science, AltaMed, Manager, Community Health and Wellness Program

We are excited to partner with Aguacates Frescos – Saborea Uno Hoy® in the fight against type 2 diabetes by educating the community on the value of fresh fruits and vegetables with bilingual tools, like nutritious recipes that include fresh avocados.

For National Diabetes Month in November, AltaMed and Aguacates Frescos – Saborea Uno Hoy®, a leading source of the healthiest reasons and tastiest ways to enjoy fresh avocados developed especially for Hispanic families, joined forces to improve nutritional education and access to glucose testing for the early detection and possible prevention of type 2 diabetes, a condition that impairs the body’s ability to regulate sugar.

Beginning in the fall, AltaMed mobile units will travel throughout Southern California to offer free glucose testing and education that integrates messaging on how dietary fiber, like that found in avocados, may help maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Delicious recipes and meal planning tools featuring fresh avocados will be shared in English and Spanish to inspire families to eat healthy and boost fiber intake with the traditional favorite.

Our mobile unit schedule will be:

Date Time Location Address
11/16 10am - 2pm Family Resource Center LA Independencia 10841 Garza Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804
11/17 10am - 3pm Northgage #40 2030 E Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806
11/18 10am - 3pm Northgate #4 9101 Telegraph Rd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
11/30 10am - 3pm Northgate #18 770 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

If unmanaged, diabetes can be life-threatening and according to the CDC, US adults overall have a 40% chance of developing type 2 diabetes. But for a Latino adult, there is more than a 50% chance, and it is likely to develop at a younger age. Diets rich in healthy foods containing fiber, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Creatively integrating the benefits of fresh avocados into our conversations about improving the quality of diet supports our commitment to be respectful of cultural preferences in our approach to help the community grow healthy.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans point to strong evidence that healthy eating patterns are associated with positive health outcomes. The Hass Avocado Board’s Avocado Nutrition Center is continually studying how eating fresh avocados can have a positive effect on reducing risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Meal planning tools, recipes, articles by dietitians as well as access to clinical research that looks at how replacing carbohydrates with avocado affected glucose and insulin levels are available at

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