Urban Indian Health Institute Releases New Aggregate Diabetes Report
This report highlights the challenges and opportunities of urban Indians who currently live with, manage, treat, prevent and overcome diabetes.
We at UIHI hope that this report will help highlight the great progress made to combat diabetes in Indian Country over the last 20 years, through the Special Diabetes Programs for Indians (SDPI). SDPI started in 1997, when Congress responded to the growing burden of type 2 diabetes in the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population by funding inexpensive yet highly cost-saving measures for diabetes care and prevention. The SDPI has not only saved lives, but has also saved millions of Medicaid dollars, through prevention and management of diabetes and associated health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, retinopathy (vision loss,) neuropathy (nerve damage,) and end stage renal disease (kidney failure).