Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Studies prove Blacks, Asians and Hispanics are more likely to get type 2 diabetes than the whites but it is also easier for the minorities to cut back the risks by better lifestyle habits. Also the weight of the plays a major role to get diabetes. The chance of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other weight-related health risks increases with increasing body mass index (BMI).
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of weight in relation to height used to assess health risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines overweight as a BMI of 25 to 29.9 and obesity as a BMI of 30 and above.
The study comes from researchers at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University Of Glasgow, Scotland, who examined data on nearly half a million middle-aged adults in the UK.
However, those cut-offs are primarily applicable to white people, which has been noted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Naveed Sattar told Reuters Health.
“But few people really recognize this,” he said. Institutions like the WHO and CDC have yet to adopt ethnicity-specific BMI cut-offs for overweight and obesity.
He and his team analyzed data on almost 500,000 middle-aged UK adults, 96 percent of whom were white. The remaining four percent included South Asian, black and Chinese adults.
Five percent of the total group, or about 25,000 people, had diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetes Care.
After assessing the association between BMI, body fat percentage, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio and prevalent diabetes, the team found that non-white adults were two to four times more likely to have diabetes.