For decades, Martin Gomez enjoyed tacos and burritos without a care. The carbohydrate -laden comfort food kept him energized so he could work hard, bringing his paychecks home from his job as a landscaper to support his extended family. But little did he realize that same food would one day threaten everything. Gomez, a year-old Hispanic resident of Houston, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a health fair about 15 years ago. Poorly managed diabetes can lead to life-threatening complications such as kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, neuropathy , and vision issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , 50 percent of Hispanic adults in the United States are expected to develop the chronic disease type 2 diabetes — a rate that is higher than for the average adult, who has a 40 percent likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Young South Asian people at higher risk of diabetes and associated heart disease | Diabetes UK
SINGAPORE - Local researchers now have a clue as to why Asians are more prone to Type 2 diabetes than their Western counterparts: Their bodies often do not produce enough insulin, causing sugar to build up in the bloodstream and a host of accompanying health issues, ranging from fatigue to wounds which do not heal and infections. The breakthrough finding, based on a study of participants, mostly Chinese, will pave the way for better diabetes management for people here and in the region, including tailored dietary advice and better selection of drugs to treat diabetes, doctors believe. However, they noted that more participants of other races such as Malays and Indians will be needed to be sure that the results can be applied to the general population. The findings are critical as Singapore is second only to the United States in having the highest incidence of diabetes among developed nations. About , Singaporeans are diabetic and one in three has a lifetime risk of developing the disease.
Doctors’ message to Asian Americans: Watch out for diabetes even if you’re young and thin
Coronavirus latest. According to the study, South Asians with Type 2 diabetes aged 20 to 60 are at increased risk of cardiovascular problems and associated conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and high cholesterol. The survival rates in these young patients are also significantly lower in the South Asian community. Type 2 diabetes is up to six times more common in people of South Asian descent, and is a growing problem in the community. The South Asian community is also at risk of Type 2 diabetes from the age of 25, opposed to 40 in the White population.
Tuesday, September 8, More than half of Asian Americans and nearly half of Hispanic Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their results were published Sept.