The U.S. Hispanic/Latino population is known to have an excess burden of diabetes. In this SDRI study, having health insurance was associated with better diabetes control, although almost 1 in 3 study participants had very high HbA1c levels (above 9%). Both insured and uninsured individuals had high rates of elevated fats in the blood, obesity, and large waists associated with other social factors that increased risk of heart disease. The most prominent social need was that participants “could not see a physician because of cost.” These new findings show this community has a number of health problems stemming from inadequate diabetes management, regardless of insurance.
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