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Hispanics, Latinos and Type 2 Diabetes Care: Access, Economics, and Culture

06/15/2022 06:00AM | 7720 views

Despite substantial progress in type 2 diabetes management in recent years, significant racial and ethnic disparities persist in terms of the disease’s prevalence and outcomes. In Hispanic and Latino communities, rates of type 2 diabetes are more than twice as high compared with Whites, at 17% and 8%, respectively. Complications such as diabetes-related nephropathy and eye disease are also more common among Hispanics and Latinos as a result.1,2

Additionally, rates of mortality and hospitalizations are higher among Hispanics and Latinos compared with Whites.These disparities may be the result of a combination of biological, genetic, sociocultural, and environmental factors.

Endocrinology Advisor explored these issues and potential solutions in an in-depth interview with endocrinologist and researcher A. Enrique Caballero, MD, director of Latino Diabetes Health in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr Caballero is also chair of the Health Care Disparities Committee at the American Diabetes Association.

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