Hispanic and Asian Subgroups Are at Higher Risk for Diabetes

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Hispanic and Asian subgroups are at higher risk for diabetes

Hispanics and non-Hispanic Asians

  • Collectively account for 23% of the US population
  • Are at a higher risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes

Subgroups with diabetes

Hispanics

  • Mexicans 25%
  • Puerto Ricans 22%
  • Cuban/Dominicans 21%
  • Central Americans 19%
  • South Americans 12%

Non-Hispanic Asians

  • South Asians 23%
  • Southeast Asians 22%
  • East Asians 14%

Know your risk

  • If your BMI is 25 or more, or
  • If you are of Asian heritage with a BMI of 23 or more, ask your health professional if you should be tested for type 2 diabetes.
Page last reviewed: June 18, 2020