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Monday, November 5, 2007

Minorities At Higher Risk for Diabetes


When I found out I had diabetes, as a Black male I knew that statistically I was more pron to have this disease. But, what I did not know until recently is that Blacks, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders are all at a higher risk for diabetes.

AFRICAN AMERICANS AND DIABETES
* 3.2 million or 13.3% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes.
* African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites.
* Twenty-five percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have diabetes.
* One in four African American women over 55 years of age has diabetes.

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LATINOS AND DIABETES
Approximately 2.5 million Hispanic/Latino Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes and are at increased risk for serious complications such as kidney disease, blindness, and amputations.
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NATIVE AMERICANS AND DIABETES
At 17%, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups.
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ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with diabetes are at high risk for heart disease.
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