According to recent reports in the diabetes news, as many as 3 million African-Americans are suffering from diabetes in the USA, representing around 17 per cent of all US diabetics . The research, conducted by GfK Market Measures’ Roper Global Diabetes Group, indicates that this figure is also on the rise.
The Roper US studies indicate that African-Americans are being diagnosed at a greater rate than other patients, with proportions of African-American patients increasing.
The study contrasted the African-American Type 2 diabetes population with the rest of the type 2 diabetes population in the United States. The conclusions are quite notable, with the average African-American diabetic diagnosed much younger.
David Jacobso, the senior vice president of GfK Market Measures Roper Global Diabetes Group, was reported in the news as commenting: “In the African-American patient segment, the need to educate is critical especially with regard to the relatively widespread prevalence of conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure, as is the importance of regular blood glucose monitoring. Like Latinos, this is a fast-growing segment and less affluent than other U.S. patients, and the relative youth of these groups may be a factor in their greater reliance on the Internet as well as on TV, family, friends and other patients for diabetes information. Overall, our research suggests African-American patients may require special marketing and communications approaches to reach them effectively.”

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