A comprehensive, multi-year medical research study examining health issues among U.S. Hispanic/Latino groups has yielded data indicating that less than half of the participants diagnosed with diabetes had the condition under control.
The data was presented today at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)
The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, spearheaded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), recruited and examined more than 16,000 participants in four cities from 2008 to 2011 to identify risk factors that play a role in the development of cardiovascular and other diseases in Hispanics/Latinos, the largest ethnic minority group in the U.S. The study is ongoing.
As a group, approximately one-third of Hispanics with the disease do not know they have diabetes, said Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa, M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., the studys project director and Medical Officer with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes Division of Cardiovascular Sciences. So there is an opportunity here to take a look at clinical practices and think about how we can enhance guidelines and raise awareness amongst the Hispanic community.
The study also revealed significant differences in the prevalence of diabetes across Hispanic groups: the disease was more common among those of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Dominican origin and least prevalent among those from South America.
This shows that talking about Hispanics as a group can be misleading, Aviles-Santa notes. I would encourage educators and clinicians to consider Hispanics as not just one culture and one mentality, but a whole spectrum.
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