Why Diabetes Is Worse for Latinos and African Americans

By

Sandra Gordon

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Anyone can be affected by diabetes, the condition in which your blood sugar, also called blood glucose, is too high. Almost one-third of all Americans have it in some form. Still, you’re at higher risk for the disease if you’re African American or Hispanic. Consider this: Compared to non-Hispanic whites, the risk for diabetes is 77% higher for African Americans and 66% higher among Hispanic Americans.

The good news? No matter your race, many of the factors that increase the risk for diabetes are within your power to change. Studies suggest people of these ethnic backgrounds have a higher risk for diabetes and its complications because they’re less aware of diabetes symptoms, don’t have their diabetes under control, or lack health insurance to get the care they need.

On top of tracking your diet and blood sugar, regular exercise is a key part of managing your diabetes. And while any exercise is better than none, certain activities have specific benefits for people with diabetes.

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