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Impact of Diabetes in the Yakima Valley

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YAKIMA, WA - Today we continue our in-depth coverage about Diabetes awareness by taking a look at how the disease affects people in the Yakima area.

We checked in with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and found out that while Diabetes can affect anyone, Hispanics & Native Americans are more vulnerable when it comes to developing type II. Some of the factors that can contribute to the development of the disease include lower income levels and access to quality foods. Dr. Aaron Anderson tells us genetics can also play a role. 

"There's genetic differences in terms of how people process different foods. There's a thought that certain people have genetics that makes them more predisposed to obesity and to Diabetes," said Dr. Anderson. 

Dr. Anderson adds lifestyle also plays a key role. YVFWC focuses on taking a team approach, using their doctors, dieticians and pharmacists to educate people on prevention measures as well as Diabetes management.