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A Navajo elder. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that over 15 percent of Native Americans age 20 and older have diabetes (Courtesy photo)

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Diabetes dwells among Native Americans

NAVAJO NATION - March is National Nutrition Month and March 25 is National Diabetes Awareness Day. Did you know that diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.? Diabetes, exercise and nutrition are linked. Heart disease is also linked to diabetes. That's why many tribal health programs are running special events in March to promote good nutrition and health screenings for diabetes.