Certain groups of people have a higher risk of diabetes. This study found that both seniors and Hispanics/Latinos are at a higher risk for diabetes and pay more in health care costs.
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In the United States, Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group. We know that Hispanics are twice as likely to have diabetes and develop complications than non-Hispanic whites. Age is a big factor as well. For example, the number of older people with diabetes in the United States continues to grow each year.
Researchers in this study looked at how diabetes affects seniors by race and ethnicity. They did this by looking at data from 1,397,933 people with Medicare in 2012–2013. The results showed that type 1 and type 2 diabetes were more common in Hispanic adults than non-Hispanic white adults. They also found that having diabetes increased health care costs. This was especially true for older individuals and Hispanics in the United States. Interestingly, there were gender differences as well. For example, researchers found higher rates of diabetes in women than men in both Hispanic and non-Hispanic white populations.
This study also found that Hispanics were more likely to require hospital stays than non-Hispanic whites. In addition, Hispanic adults tended to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time. As a result, Hispanic health care costs were higher than non-Hispanics with diabetes. In general, Hispanics with diabetes were also at greater risk for complications such as kidney disease. It cost more for a Hispanic adult with diabetes to pay for health care than it cost a non-Hispanic white adult with diabetes.
In conclusion, we see that seniors in the United States are at a higher risk for diabetes than non-seniors. There are differences by race and ethnicity as well. For example, Hispanics are twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes. Overall, the cost of diabetes health care for Hispanics is more than it is for non-Hispanic whites.
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