If you are educated and have a high income, you are less likely to have diabetes, especially among Latinos. In fact, diabetes risk decreases in populations with high education and income levels.

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With more education and higher income, diabetes risk decreases.

For Latina women, those with more than a high school education had a lower prevalence of diabetes than those with less than a high school education. The same pattern occurred with Latino men. In addition, Latina women from higher-income backgrounds are less likely to develop diabetes compared to those from lower-income households.

For Latino men, this pattern held true because men with higher income had less diabetes in general. Lower socioeconomic status increases your risk of getting type 2 diabetes. In high-income countries (such as the United States), this pattern is most pronounced. In general, the likelihood of diabetes among Latinos decreases as education and income level increase.

This study also discusses that within the Latino population, there is a difference in terms of which populations are more likely to have diabetes.  For example, South Americans have 10.2% prevalence of diabetes, Cubans have 13.4%, Central Americans have 17.7%. Dominicans and Puerto Ricans have 18% prevalence, and Mexicans have the highest prevalence rate at 18.3%. This study included 16,415 Latino individuals from age 18 to 74 years in four different U.S. cities from 2008 to 2011.

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