Human Services

Diabetes Program

Many years ago, Indian people lived a healthy way of life. They hunted, walked and ate simple, natural foods. Today we walk less and drive more. Most of our food comes from a store and is no longer natural, but processed. These lifestyle changes have resulted in more people developing diabetes.

Although there is no “cure” for diabetes, you can control it through exercise, diet and medicine. Changing your lifestyle to control diabetes is not easy and takes time. You are not alone. Our team of health professionals would like to help you understand and control diabetes. We want to help you make gradual changes that you can stick with for the rest of your life.

If you have diabetes, there are certain standards of care that you should try to follow. Click here for a Diabetes Care Checklist.

Depression is common for people living with diabetes, click here for more information.

Click on the links to the right to read about all of our various programs and services.


You can get a lot of great information and support on the Internet. Here are some suggested websites:

American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org
This site offers a wide range of topics to help you live well with diabetes.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
www.eatright.org
This site provides a list of nutrition resources.

Diabetes Self-Management
www.diabetesselfmanagement.com
This magazine’s website is devoted to living with diabetes, from exercise tips to information on the latest medical advances.

dLife
www.dlife.com
A corporate-supported site with plenty of diabetes information plus tips for daily living and more.

Medline Plus
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diabetes
A government-sponsored website with a broad range of helpful resources for patients with diabetes.

Native American Health Website
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/nativeamericanhealth.html
Every racial or ethnic group has specific health concerns. Differences in the health of groups can result from genetics, environmental factors, access to care and cultural factors. On this page, you'll find links to health issues that affect Native-Americans.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
A government resource for diabetes information, with links to lots of other diabetes sites as well. Great section on where to turn for financial help.

Health and Native American Traditions
www.healthandnativeamericantraditions.com
This website has been created to make available publications supported by the Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis, MN. Publications include Native American Ceremonies (Powwows and Potlucks, Dancing, Sweat Lodge, Vision Quest, Sundance, Native American Church, Traditional Medicine) and cookbooks.