Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

11/11/03

Q:
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?

A:
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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