African-Americans and Diabetes: A Population at the Center of our Biggest Health Crisis

Diabetescare.net: 10/5/2012

The statistics of diabetes as it relates to African-Americans are staggering.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 3.7 million African-Americans aged 20 or older have diabetes; and African-Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In terms of complications, this group is overall 50 percent as likely to develop diabetic retinopathy as compared to non-Hispanic whites; 2.6 to 5.6 times as likely to suffer from kidney disease; and African-Americans are 2.7 times as likely to suffer from lower-limb amputations, again according to ADA statistics.

Some of the big picture reasons for this population group suffering greatly from diabetes include genetics and socioeconomic disparities. And as diabetes continues to affect the African-American community, a better micro picture with a more in-depth understanding is needed to both identify why this group continues to be the highest at-risk population in the U.S., and what treatment strategies are most helpful. Read more