Obesity brings about diabetes in black people

The UK currently ranks as the country with the highest level of obesity in Europe. More than 1 in 4 (28.1 percent) adults are obese and nearly two out of three (63.4 percent) are overweight.

According to a US study, black adults are more likely to develop diabetes than white adults. The increased risk of contracting diabetes, is largely due to obesity and other risk factors, the study suggests.

Researchers followed 4,251 black and white men and women starting when they were 18 to 30 years old. None of them had diabetes to start with. After an average follow-up of more than 24 years, 504 of the participants developed diabetes.

Compared to white women, black women were almost three times more likely to develop diabetes. The results were reported by researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Black men, meanwhile, had 67 percent higher odds of becoming diabetic than white men.

There was no longer a meaningful difference in diabetes risk between black and white people. This conclusion was made only after researchers accounted for a variety of factors that can contribute to this disease. The factors include obesity, neighbourhood segregation and poverty levels, depression, education and employment.

Lead study author Michael Bancks, a researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago released a statement. “Our work suggests that if we can eliminate these differences in traditional risk factors between blacks and whites, then we can reduce the race disparities in the development of diabetes.”

However, Bancks acknowledged this is not as simple as he says.

“To eliminate the higher rate of diabetes, everybody needs to have access to healthy foods, safe spaces for physical activity.

TNT Health

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