What are the racial predilections of insulin resistance?

Updated: Aug 07, 2019
  • Author: Samuel T Olatunbosun, MD, FACP, FACE; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Insulin resistance syndrome is found in all races. The degree of clustering of the risk variables of the metabolic syndrome is generally considered to be higher among whites. However, prevalence rates of the various components of the metabolic syndrome tend to be higher among nonwhite populations. [41]

Acanthosis nigricans, a common physical sign of insulin resistance syndrome, occurs in all ethnic groups, but the prevalence is higher in Hispanics and blacks than it is in whites.


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