Diabetes and Ethnicities Video

Dr. Jyothinagaram explains there are certain ethnic minorities communities that have a greater prevalence of diabetes.
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Diabetes: Affecting ethnicities differently. Dr. Sathya Jyothinagaram: It affects different populations in different frequencies. I mean there are certain ethnic minorities or ethnic communities that have a greater prevalence of diabetes; they are more affected by diabetes than others. Clearly one is the African American community, the Latino community and the South Asian community, they have a much higher prevalence of the instance of diabetes compared to Caucasian. In fact the CDC did an excellent study a few years ago and they said, if you are a child born in the year 2000, if you're a Caucasian, you have a one in three, one out of three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes during their life time. If you are a Hispanic, you have 50%, one in two Hispanic children or Latino children will develop diabetes, and that's almost, that's about the same -- it's true for a South Asian. These communities have genetically they are more predisposed to diabetes, so they have a greater genetic burden and plus when they move or they live in a society such as ours, where there is greater increasing of prevalence of obesity and being overweight and less physical activity, I think that can -- both of them contribute to diabetes.

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