What are the racial predilections of glucose intolerance disorders?

Updated: Jun 28, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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In the United States, African Americans, Hispanic persons, and Native Americans are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults. The percentage of US adults with prediabetes is similar for whites (35%), African Americans (39%), and Hispanics (38%). [19]

Whites have the highest rates of type 1 diabetes, especially those of northern European descent. Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in ethnic minorities. The disease is unknown or rare among certain ethnic groups (eg, Japanese, Chinese, African). Type 1B diabetes is more common in patients of Asian or African origin.


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