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Half of Asian-American Diabetics Are Undiagnosed

Half of Asian-American Diabetics Are Undiagnosed

From a recent article in High Rate of Asian-American Diabetics Are Undiagnosed, more than half of Asian Americans and nearly half of Hispanic Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The article explains that “the large proportion of people with undiagnosed diabetes points to both a greater need to test for type 2 diabetes and a need for more education on when to test for type 2 diabetes, especially since populations such as Asian Americans may develop type 2 at a lower body mass than other groups,” said the study’s senior author, Dr Catherine Cowie, director of diabetes epidemiology programs at the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

“By learning more about who has diabetes – and who has the disease but does not know it – we can better target research and prevention efforts,” said NIDDK Director, Dr Griffin P Rodgers. “We have treatments to help people with diabetes, but treatments can only help those who have been diagnosed. I hope our research can serve as a reminder for people at risk for diabetes to get screened for this potentially devastating disease.”

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