There are a lot of factors that could increase your risk for diabetes. For Latinos, diabetes risk increases the longer you live in the United States.
More about diabetes risk among Latinos living in the United States
For Latinos, the likelihood of diabetes significantly increases in relation to years lived in the United States. In fact, migrant health of Latinos tends to become worse with increased time living in the United States. In addition, people who first come to the United States have more undiagnosed diabetes than those born in the United States. This study also found that Latino participants born in the U.S. differed greatly in diabetes prevalence than those living in the U.S. for more than 10 years.
For example, the rate of diabetes is 12.29% for Latinos that have lived 5 years or less in the United States. That rate increases to 16.79% for those that have lived in the U.S. for 11 – 15 years. The diabetes rate goes up again to 18.75% for Latinos that have lived in the U.S. for 16 years or more. In contrast, only 11.8% of Latinos with diabetes are born in the United States.