Hispanic–Americans are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes compared to non-Hispanic Whites. Five million adult Hispanic Americans are estimated to have been diagnosed with T2D. Among US Hispanics, Mexicans have the highest rate (14.4%) of diabetes. Further, Hispanics are also twice as likely as non-Hispanics Whites to die from diabetes, making it the fifth leading cause of their death and a serious health problem in Hispanic communities. Yet, little is understood of what rural immigrant Latinas do to care for their diabetes health. In-depth interviews (3 focus groups) and thematic analysis found 16 Latinas had T2D on average for 9 years; all emigrated to the USA from Mexico, lived in the USA for an average of 27 years, and worked (60%). Within the domain of “What do you do to take care of your health?” Latinas desired to adhere to exercise, controlled diet, and medications, but perceived a powerful barrier to a healthy life was the American lifestyle that included long work days, more money to purchase unhealthy foods and a desire for them, and a lack of time for other forms of exercise. Despite the Latina participants’ years of experience about living with T2D in the US, they still struggled to adhere to healthy behaviors. Future research should address the longer time Hispanic immigrants live in the US with the more at-risk they become for diminished health.