Website Offers Native Americans Diabetes Forums

By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ Two Native American professors have launched a website designed to help other Native Americans deal with Type 2 diabetes.

The website, WellboundStorytellers.com, was launched two weeks ago by Rhonda Levaldo, a media instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, and Teresa Trumbly Lamsam, a visiting professor at the University of Kansas.

Soon after it launched, Native Americans around the country were sharing personal stories about their health troubles and successes. Shortly thereafter, bloggers were accepted to the site.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/LZXbI9 ) that on virtually every health measure, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders rank at or next to the bottom among all races.

Lamsam and Levaldo say Type 2 diabetes is especially devastating, and both have several relatives who have died from the disease.
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