*There is an old expression that says you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family. It’s true; a family is something you are born into. The same is true for health issues.
Many health problems are inherited from our parents or other family. Diabetes is one of those health issues that can be inherited from family but can also carry increased risk due to racial and ethnic factors.
Why diabetes is higher among minorities
At-risk minorities include American Indians (both Alaska natives and Native Americans), Hispanics, Blacks, and Asian Americans. The highest risk for diabetes occurs among American Indians, Hispanics and Blacks. Although some genetic factors play a role in the increase, environmental factors are also included.
Here are 6 reasons why minorities are hit the hardest:
1) Denial often leaves diabetes untreated until it becomes a serious health problem.
2) Minorities often are not aware that they have an increased risk of getting diabetes.
3) Many minorities live in areas where there is limited access to healthy food.
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