Novel Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes in African-Americans.


Journal Article (Review)

In the USA, compared to whites, African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the diabetes epidemic. Traditional diabetes risk factors, such as obesity, are more common among African-Americans, but these traditional risk factors do not explain all of the disparity in diabetes risk. Recent research has identified novel environmental, lifestyle, physiologic, and genetic risk factors for diabetes, some of which appear to impact African-Americans more than whites. This manuscript reviews the recent literature to highlight some of these novel risk factors that may be contributing to the racial disparity in diabetes risk. Further study is needed of the modifiable risk factors for development of interventions to reduce the risk of diabetes in African-Americans, as well as other high-risk populations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chatterjee, R; Maruthur, NM; Edelman, D

Published Date

  • December 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 103 -

PubMed ID

  • 26458374

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26458374

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-0829

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11892-015-0675-5


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States