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Asian Americans Develop Diabetes at Lower Weight

separator We tend to think of people who are overweight as being more at risk of diabetes, and that is generally true. Being overweight is a risk factor. But a new study shows that Asian Americans seem to develop diabetes at lower weights than African Americans and Latinos. All three groups are at higher risk for diabetes than Caucasians. Among the three, Asian Americans have the lowest risk, but still, their risk is 60 percent higher than that of Caucasians.

Many Asian Americans, and perhaps even their physicians, may not think they’re at risk because they’re not overweight. But this new study points out that it’s important for members of this ethnic group to get tested for diabetes, especially if they’re over 30.

Diabetes Care, January 2004.
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