Are minorities at a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes even at a normal or healthy weight? A recent study suggests the answer is yes. Certain groups including African-Americans, Hispanics, and Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders are more likely to have type 2 diabetes at a normal weight. A whopping 18 percent of Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders at a normal weight develop type 2 diabetes while just 5 percent of Caucasians at a normal weight will develop the disease.
This new study suggests something other than obesity or being overweight is triggering diabetes in minorities. At this time, experts are still researching to determine the exact causes of diabetes, particularly in minorities. Though we don’t yet know everything about the causes and risk factors of diabetes, we can take steps to keep our patients who are at a greater risk of developing the disease healthy.
First, if you are a minority, start having your sugar checked every time you visit your primary care provider, no matter your age or weight. You should also eliminate all controllable risk factors from your life, such as smoking and sedentary living. If you have a family history of the disease, do your own research into your relatives’ cases. Find out when they developed the disease, what their lifestyle was like before their diagnosis, and find common denominators between them and other relatives with the condition. With this knowledge, you can take steps to reduce your risk or at least be prepared if the chances of developing diabetes seem inevitable.
Learn more about the new study here. If you are concerned about your risk of developing diabetes, your primary care provider can help. Contact EliteCare today to request an appointment to speak with our providers about your concerns.