Diabetes educators at Salinas Valley Medical Clinic Diabetes & Endocrine
Center are calling attention to a report released today by the UCLA Center
for Health Policy Research. The new research indicates nearly half of
California adults are on a path to developing diabetes.
“Diabetes and pre-diabetics is an epidemic that is still growing,”
says Dana Armstrong, Certified Diabetes Educator for Salinas Valley Medical
Clinic Diabetes & Endocrine Center. “I call it a tsunami and
it’s hitting our county hard.”
The report by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research notes that more than
13 million adults in the state are estimated to have pre-diabetes or undiagnosed
diabetes. The report breaks down the percentage of adults estimated to
have pre-diabetes by county. In Monterey County, the UCLA research indicates
45% of all adults fit into that category and 37% of people ages 18-39.
“We see hundreds of people every month in our Center,” says
Nicholas Kissell, Medical Director at the Diabetes & Endocrine Center.
“We need people to understand the risks of developing diabetes and
what they can do to avoid getting the disease in the first place.”
Salinas Valley Medical Clinic (SVMC) established the Diabetes & Endocrine
Center in August of 2014 to focus resources and education on the growing
health threat. The Center sees approximately 700-800 patients each month
and 80% of the patients at the center are diabetic.
The Diabetes & Endocrine Center at SVMC offers a monthly series of
classes for diabetic patients. Troy Fink of Prunedale says the classes
and support literally put his diabetes in remission. “Dana taught
me how to eat right and change my lifestyle,” says Troy. “I
feel 15 years younger and believe the changes I made may have saved my
You can read the full report by UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
For more information or call 831-757-2058.