Latinos are the largest ethnic group living in the United States. They have a greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes than non-Latinos.
More about Latino diabetes risk
It is estimated that by the year 2025, 333 million people in the world will have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes among Latinos in the United States is widespread and a major public health concern.
There are many reasons why type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in the Latino population. For example, language barriers, transportation, lack of social support for disease management, environmental factors, and health care costs are a few contributing factors 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 had gone undiagnosed. Furthermore, Mexicans and Mexican immigrants are more likely to go undiagnosed than whites and U.S.-born Latinos.
There is also 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 could be low socioeconomic level of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. as well as higher levels of obesity in this geographical area. Overall, Latinos have the highest proportion of risk for type 2 diabetes of any other ethnic group.
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