Fighting Diabetes’ Deadly Impact on Minorities

FDA:  3/25/14

You inherit more than your eye and hair color from your family. You can also inherit a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is building relationships with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes, and to address the disparity in how severely it affects minority groups in particular.

The American Diabetes Association Alert Day on March 25, 2014, is a one-day wake-up call to inform people about the dangers of diabetes, especially when left undiagnosed or untreated. The annual event, on the fourth Tuesday of March, is a reminder for people young and old to take the ADA’s Diabetes Risk Test, which includes simple questions about your family history, weight, age and other potential risk factors for diabetes. Read More