Facebook Game Launched to Help Educate Latinos on Diabetes

Did you know that Latinos are twice as likely to have diabetes than our Caucasian counterparts? In fact, around 10 percent of Hispanics (two million of us) are reported to have diabetes.

To mark World Diabetes Day on November 14th, HealthSeeker Explorando tu Salud, Paso a Paso was created. Healthseeker is a Facebook application that aims to help the nearly 10 million Latino who use the social networking site by providing lifestyle and nutritional tips to manage diabetes.

Facebook is the fourth most popular website among Latinos in the United States, making it a perfect venue to reach out to our population and educate us about healthy lifestyle choices. "I am passionate about helping Latinos battle diabetes and its risk factors and am always looking for new ways to motivate my patients," said Dr. Enrique Caballero, endocrinologist, investigator and director, Joslin Latino Diabetes Initiative. "This innovative game has a lot of potential to help people with diabetes make more informed lifestyle decisions."

For more information or to sign up for the free Facebook application visit: www.ExplorandoTuSalud.org.