ABSTRACT

Diabetes is a major public health problem in the United States, and a dangerous disease that can lead to serious long term complications. Left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to blindness, heart failure, kidney failure, and low extremity amputations (Hunt, Arar & Larame, 1998). Diabetes is associated with severe morbidity and premature death and affects U.S. Hispanics disproportionately (Center for Disease Control, 2003). Mexican Americans suffer from increased prevalence, a greater number of risk factors, and more severe complications.