Incidence of Diabetes in Multicultural Populations

The following data, from the American Diabetes Association, shows how serious a problem diabetes is among multicultural populations.

African-Americans or blacks

  • Approximately 13 percent of all African-Americans, (that’s more than 1 out of every 10), have diabetes. However, one-third of them don’t know it.
  • Twenty-five (25) percent of African-American women over 55 years of age, (that’s one in every four), has diabetes.
  • Twenty-five percent of all African-Americans between 65 and 74 years of age have diabetes.

Native Americans

  • More than 12 percent (12.2%) of American Indians in the U.S. above 19 years of age have diabetes.
  • More than 15 percent (15.1) of American Indians and Alaska Natives receiving care from Indian Health Services (INS) of the federal government have diabetes.
  • One American Indian tribe in Arizona, the Pima Indians, has the highest rate of diabetes in the world. About 50 percent of the adults (that’s one out of every two) between the ages of 30 and 64 years has diabetes.

Latino Americans or Hispanics

  • More than 10 percent (10.2 %) of all Hispanics in the U.S., (that’s one out of every 10) have diabetes. Specific information, which follows, was also available for Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cuban Americans.
    • Approximately 24 percent (that’s about one out of every four) of Mexican Americans in the U.S. have diabetes.
    • Approximately 26 percent, (that’s more than 1 out of every 4), Puerto Ricans in between the ages of 45 and 74 have diabetes.
    • Almost 16 percent of Cuban Americans in the U.S. between the ages of 45 and 74 have diabetes.

Additional data about diabetes in multicultural populations can be found inHealth Power’s section on Health & Population Trends. The high incidence of diabetes in multicultural populations is such a major problem because of the high complication and death rates associated with it. Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S., so multicultural populations are not the only ones who pay a high price from this disease.


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