Compared to whites, age-adjusted diabetes risk was more than 120 percent greater for blacks, about 76 percent greater for Hispanics, and 43 percent greater for Asians, the study shows.
Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to get type 2 diabetes than whites. But, according to a new study, it may be easier for these minorities to cut their diabetes risk through better eating habits.
Also, the study found, adding extra pounds may be especially dangerous for Asians.
Those are the findings in a new study in the July issue of Diabetes Care. Like plenty of past research on race, ethnicity, and diabetes, this study confirmed the greater diabetes risk for blacks, Asians, and Hispanics.
But the report has three new twists:
# BMI (body mass index) doesn’t fully explain the racial gap in diabetes risk.
# Healthy eating habits may lower diabetes risk more for blacks, Asians, and Hispanics than for whites.
# Gaining weight may be a particularly strong diabetes risk factor for Asians.
The researchers included Iris Shai, Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health and Israel’s Ben- Gurion University.