We have a diabetes problem in the United States, affecting people of color at a higher rate.
More than 37 million Americans have diabetes, but the rate of adults in the United States diagnosed with diabetes is highest among people of color, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic Blacks, people of Hispanic origin, and non-Hispanic Asians. These groups experience high levels of systemic racism, which research links to an increased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
To better understand how type 2 diabetes affects people of color, we took a closer look at type 2 diabetes:
Within this Health Divide, we dive deeper into the health inequities that increase type 2 diabetes risk in people of color and why those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes cannot properly manage their disease.
-Do-Eun Lee, MD Verywell Health Medical Expert Board Member
Ana Maria Kausel, MD, is a double board-certified endocrinologist affiliated with Mount Sinai St. Luke's/Mount Sinai West in New York City.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of diagnosed diabetes.
American Journal of Managed Care. Recognizing the role of systemic racism in diabetes disparities.
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