Realizing that the Salinas Valley, like much of America, is about to get hit with a tsunami of pre-diabetes and diabetes cases, a handful of local healthcare organizations joined to fight the chronic disease which shortens lives and regularly robs people of limbs through amputation and dims or extinguishes their eyesight.

The countywide initiative is a partnership between Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Community Health Innovations, Montage Health, Monterey Independent Physicians Association and Central Coast YMCA.

The announcement was made made Tuesday morning this morning at the Salinas Valley Medical Clinic Diabetes & Endocrine Center currently under construction at the Primecare Medical offices on Abbott Street.

The effort comes not a minute too soon. According to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Chronic Disease Program, diabetes and pre-diabetes in Monterey Counare affecting:

Monterey County:

·       57% of the population has diabetes and pre-diabetes

·       28,000 or 12% of the population have diabetes

·       105,000 people or 45% of the population have pre-diabetes.

·       In 2015, about 13.8% of Monterey County Hispanics/Latinos reported having been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 4.8% of Whites and 4.4% Asians (CHIS).

The partners supporting the initiative have increased the number of endocrinologists serving the community. The YMCA introduced a yearlong Pre-Diabetes Program for people who are considered pre-diabetes or are on the verge of becoming pre-diabetic, many people are participating in this program.

This year, SVMHS is opening an expanded Diabetes & Endocrine Center in Salinas with a state of the art kitchen and education room. Also this year, Montage Health is opening a new medical office building at Ryan Ranch ideally suited…