Sumary of Black Americans, Mexican Americans Develop Diabetes Earlier in Life:
- 10, 2021 — Black Americans and Mexican Americans typically develop type 2 diabetes up to seven years earlier than their white counterparts, a new study finds.
- In all, more than 25% of adults in the two groups reported being diagnosed with diabetes before age 40, and 20% didn’t know they had the disease.
- “The earlier you can screen, the better, but the biggest barrier to screening is the trade-off for cost and benefit,” said study co-author Dr. Sadiya Khan, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
- ” While most adults are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at around age 50, among the more than 3,000 study participants, Black adults and Mexican Americans were diagnosed four to seven years earlier on average than white adults.
- The researchers said these differences mean that screening should start earlier in Black and Mexican American populations.
- “The earlier you identify disease can make screening have the most impact when intervention may have greater benefit,” Khan said in a university news release.