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National Institutes of Health researchers revealed that more than half of Asian-Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed. They used data collected in 2011-2012 from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reports the journal J.A.M.A .

For the first time since, researchers were able to quantify the prevalence of diabetes amongst Asian-Americans. They found that this group has the highest proportion of undiagnosed diabetes, fifty-one percent as against all ethnic and racial subgroups. Also, that this group often developed type 2 diabetes at a lower body mass index.

Hispanic-Americans have the highest prevalence of diabetes and a lower proportion of undiagnosed diabetes than the Asians.


Non-Hispanic Whites have the lowest prevalence of diabetes at eleven percent and they have the lowest proportion of undiagnosed diabetes at just over thirty-two percent.

This hard data helped to learn of a problem that had not been well-studied in the past, said Author of the study, Andy Menke. He added, the Asian population was diverse and they did have only negligible data on differences within that population.

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