Prosperity and type 2 diabetes risk linked

Tue, 09 Feb 2010
Recent diabetes research at the Boston University Slone Epidemiology Center has uncovered a direct link between socioeconomic status and risk of type 2 diabetes amongst African American women.

The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology, and clearly links socioeconomic status with type 2 diabetes. The study group was large and significantly diverse to render the conclusions valid.

Type 2 diabetes is particularly prevalent amongst African-American women, who are twice as likely to have the condition as non-Hispanic white people. The study indicates that the health status of a neighbourhood can influence diet and exercise, not to mention stress levels.

Senior author Julie Palmer was reported as saying: "Our findings indicate that the risk of type 2 diabetes for African-American women is influenced not just by individual characteristics, but by the characteristics of the neighborhoods in which they live."
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