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Type 2 Diabetes: Socioeconomics Play a Key Role in Amplifying Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Watertown, MA, May 3, 2016 – Racial/ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans and Hispanic Americans are widely believed to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Research has frequently identified obesity as a key factor in this increased risk among racial/ethnic minorities. Lifestyle factors like health dietary habits and physical activity certainly contribute to disparities in diabetes diagnoses among different ethnic groups. However, a recent analysis published in the journal Diabetes Care found that socioeconomic factors like income and education may play a key role in diabetes risk among African American and Hispanic adults.

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