Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive


I have noticed that many Asian Indians have diabetes, while very few African Americans have it. Are some ethnic groups more prone to diabetes than others?

Yes, research is showing some groups are more prone than others to developing diabetes, but I would reverse your statement. African-Americans are more prone to type 2 diabetes than Asian Americans. Other groups show an even greater inclination. Pima Indians and South Sea Islanders, such as Somoans, are among the highest rate, with a strong genetic disposition. Remember, though: strong genetics do not predestine the disease; lifestyle habits become the main determinant, particularly for Type 2 diabetes.

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