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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 20, 2015

Latino Individuals’ Diabetes Risk Increases With US Lifestyle

JAMA. 2015;313(3):236. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17593

Adopting a more American way of life increases the risk of diabetes among US Latinos, who already have a higher lifetime risk of the disease than other racial or ethnic groups in the country, a recent study reported.

The analysis is the first to use a nationally representative sample to examine the relationship between acculturation and diabetes among all Latino individuals, not just Mexican American individuals (O’Brien MJ et al. Prev Chronic Dis. doi:10.5888/pcd11.140142 [published online October 9, 2014]). In a cross-sectional analysis of 3165 Latinos from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the investigators scored participants with glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) values of 6.5% or higher for their level of acculturation. One point was given for each characteristic: being born in the United States, speaking predominantly English, and living in the United States for 20 years or more, resulting in acculturation scores ranging from 0 to 3.

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