Major diabetes risk amongst Maoris

Fri, 23 Jan 2009
According to a recent study, some one in five Maori people could have diabetes or pre-diabetes without being aware of their risk of the condition. Amongst the poor, the risk is even higher.

The claims were made by researchers study the Te Wai O Rona: Diabetes Prevention Strategy. Researchers tested over four thousand Maori people from Waikato and the Lakes areas.

The reports were shocking, some one in five had glucose processing problems or diabetes . Professor Elaine Rush made it clear that the study results could be skewed, as only those concerned about the condition may have presented themselves for testing.

President of Diabetes New Zealand, Mike Smith, said that the findings coincided with long-held fears about how rife type 2 diabetes is in the Maori community.
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