The Diabetes "Pandemic" Danger Zone

Eloisa Lara

Several dozen residents of this southwestern Arizona community crowd a seminar room to hear Dr. Bonifacio González Castro, vice-director of the general hospital just across the border, talk about how to manage diabetes.

As he starts, González removes his glasses and asks in Spanish: “Are a few of you diabetic?”

Many laugh. Nearly everyone in the audience, comprised mostly of older Hispanics, raises a hand.

“Well, then you bet we have a problem,” González says.