Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the United States. They have a greater risk of type 2 diabetes than non-Latinos.
More about Latino diabetes risk
By the year 2025, about 333 million people in the world will have type 2 diabetes. For Latinos in the United States, type 2 diabetes is widespread and a major public health concern.
There are many reasons why type 2 diabetes is more common in the Latino population. For example, factors include a language barrier, lack of transportation, lack of social support, and health care costs. All of that contributes to the increase in type 2 diabetes among Latinos.
Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. In 2010, 52% of the Latino population lived in four border states: Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. In this border area, 25% of the type 2 diabetes cases did not have a diagnosis. Furthermore, Mexicans and Mexican immigrants are more likely to go undiagnosed than whites and U.S.-born Latinos.
Also, there is a higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the U.S.- Mexican border area (15.7%) compared to the prevalence rate for the United States in general (8.2%). This could be caused by many factors. Some factors that increase type 2 diabetes along the border states include low socioeconomic level of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. as well as higher levels of obesity in this area. Overall, Latinos have the highest proportion of risk for type 2 diabetes of any other ethnic group.
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