World Diabetes Day: Why It Should Matter To Latinos

It's World Diabetes Day! The day, celebrated every year on November 14, is designed to increase diabetes advocacy and awareness. In fact, the entire month of November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

So why should this be important to you? More than 10 percent of Hispanics ages 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes. Moreover, a Cedars-Sinai study confirmed that Latinos are more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes. 

“One of the reasons some people are at increased risk, we believe, is that fatty pancreas is unable to secrete enough insulin, which results in an individual progressing from impaired glucose tolerance to Type 2 diabetes,” said Lidia Szczepaniak, PhD, director of magnetic resonance spectroscopy at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Biomedical Imaging Research Institute. “In our study, we found Latinos were especially vulnerable, as they tended to store more fat in the pancreas and their compensatory insulin secretion was entirely suppressed.”

Obesity is growing in the Latino community. The Office of Minority Health reported that in 2010, Hispanics were 1.2 times more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic Whites. Obesity and diabetes, specifically Type 2 diabetes, is linked. How to cut down on your risk? Cut down on the sugar and fat, get moving, and find out more about World Diabetes Day here