Black & Mexican American Adults At Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Far Earlier than Whites in Latest Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine-directed Observational Study

Led by Sadiya S. Kahn, MD, MSc Division of Cardiology, a handful of physician and public health researchers from Northwestern University Medicine in Chicago A recent research letter published online in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that race and ethnic-based disparities involving diabetes complications indicate that some demographic groups face onset of diabetes earlier on in life, associating with heightened cardiovascular complications and ultimately death. Put another way, Blacks and Mexican American adults succumb to diabetes 4 to 7 years earlier than White adults. Could this factor behind disparities in diabetes and associated microvascular and macrovascular-related illness as well premature death of these groups in America? That is Blacks and Mexican American adults falling ill to type 2 diabetes earlier, leading to more endocrinological and cardiovascular problems, higher probability for complications, and earlier death. The health care costs associated with type 2 diabetes in the United States hit $327 billion by 2017, according to the American Diabetes Association. Importantly the taxpayer covers much of this burden when either Medicare or Medicaid underwrites the subst...

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