Impact: Multicultural & Generational

In the U.S., diabetes prevalence increases with age:

  • 25.6 million or 11.3% of all people 20 years of age or older have diabetes
  • 10.9 million or 26.9% of people age 65 or older have diabetes

Diabetes disproportionately affects minority communities in the U.S. including,
African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and
Alaskan Natives. The increasingly diverse population of people living with
diabetes has created new variables for healthcare professionals to consider when
treating patients to ensure they address the beliefs, attitudes and practices of
each unique culture or background.

2007–2009 national survey data for people aged 20 years or older indicate that:

  • 7.1% of non-Hispanic whites had diagnosed diabetes
  • 8.4% of Asian Americans had diagnosed diabetes
  • 11.8% of Hispanics had diagnosed diabetes
  • 12.6% of non-Hispanic blacks had diagnosed diabetes
  • Compared to non-Hispanic white adults, the risk of diagnosed diabetes was 18% higher among Asian Americans, 66% higher among Hispanics, and 77% higher among non-Hispanic blacks.


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