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Ethnic group influences type 2 diabetes risk

According to recent research from the Center for the Advancement of Health, type 2 diabetes is a more significant risk amongst ethnic minorities such as Latinos, Native Hawaiians, African-Americans and Japanese-Americans. Genetics are thought to play a clear role in the development of type 2 diabetes, a disease closely linked with being overweight and obese .
The chief of the study, Dr. Gertraud Maskarinec of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, reportedly commented: “Everyone who is really overweight has a high risk for developing diabetes .”
The research team, based in Honolulu, examined diabetes prevalence amongst some 187,000 adults. The participants were involved in the Multiethnic Cohort Study of Diet and Cancer.
The researchers concluded that genes are certainly involved in type 2 diabetes development. The research was published in Ethnicity and Disease.

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