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Ethnic Disparities and Diabetes

The burden of diabetes is much greater for minority populations than the Caucasian population. For example, African-Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians/Alaska Natives all experience higher death rates from diabetes than the general population.

Certain minorities also have much higher rates of diabetes-related complications and death, in some instances by as much as 50 percent more than the total population.

The following are statistics from the National Diabetes Education Program:

  • 16.1 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives had diabetes in 2009. They are 77 percent more likely than Caucasians to develop the disease.
  • 12.6 percent of all African-Americans get diabetes. They are 1.8 times as likely to have diabetes as Caucasians.
  • 11.8 percent of Latino/Hispanic Americans have diabetes. They are 66 percent more likely to have diabetes than Caucasians.
  • 8.4 percent of Asian-Americans have diabetes. They are 18 percent more likely to get diabetes than Caucasians.
  • African-Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives all experience higher rates of potentially avoidable lower extremity amputations.
  • The rate of end-stage renal disease (kidney failure) is 2.6 times higher among African-Americans than among whites.
  • Hypertension is common in Hispanic, African-American, and Pacific Islander populations.
  • Being overweight or obese is common in some Hispanic groups, African-American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian populations.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in partnership with the Joslin Diabetes Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

Posted November 2012

Contact Information

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Building
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Joslin Diabetes Center

Joslin Diabetes Center
A Clinical Partner of BIDMC
One Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215