Diabetes Rates Skyrocket in Minority Groups

MELISSA BROWN
EL NUEVO SOL—SALUD

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control reported that the rate of diabetes dramatically increased between 1995 and 2010. According to the CDC’s weekly morbidity and mortality report, in the United States, diabetes rates have increased by 50 percent or more in 42 states and 100 percent or more in 18 states.

As the minority population of the United States grows, so do the reports of diabetes and chronic kidney diseases.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 percent of all diabetes cases and most often occurs in adults.

African Americans, Latinos, and Asians have a higher risk for developing type two diabetes than other groups.

New immigrants also adopt a more western diet when they settle into the United States, which seems to increase their chances of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

People with Type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for developing heart disease and stroke.

People living with Type 2 diabetes can manage their condition by using a meal plan, being active, and taking medication; including insulin.

Resident of Reseda, Calif., Rosa Noseworthy,  was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has been living in the United States for 32 years. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a year and a half ago. She currently does not have health insurance. Noseworthy struggles each month to pay for her medication and suffers extra stress in addition to the diabetes she deals with on a daily basis. She recently started buying her medication at Costco for a lower price. “The medication is finally start cheap in Costco… before was more expensive like $27- $30 every month. And blood tests I go to the doctor, I pay $70 (per visit)… every other month or whatever if I need,” said Noseworthy.

This photo was taken in Rosa's apartment in Reseda,California.

Rosa Noseworthy in her Reseda apartment. Photo courtesy of Rosa’s son, Alberto.

“I pay for everything in cash. I worry about money because my husband is just on social security and I don’t have nothing, and I just struggle with pay the doctors and the medication every month,” said Noseworthy.

Noseworthy hopes to keep her Type 2 diabetes under control by continuing her insulin shots daily, improving her diet, and visiting her doctor regularly.

Acerca de Melissa El Nuevo Sol

I am a 24-year old girl (Peruvian/French Canadian) born and raised in California, very interested in expanding my knowledge of anything and everything Latin American! :) I have visited Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. Two countries next on my list: Costa Rica, Spain.

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