African Americans & Complications
Compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes:
- 4.9 million, or 18.7 percent of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes.
- African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites.
Diabetes is associated with an increased risk for a number of serious, sometimes life-threatening complications, and certain populations experience an even greater threat. Good diabetes management can help reduce your risk; however, many people are not even aware that they have diabetes until they develop one of its complications.
African Americans are almost 50 percent as likely to develop diabetic retinopathy as non-Hispanic whites.
- Kidney Disease
African Americans are 2.6 to 5.6 times as likely to suffer from kidney disease.
African Americans are 2.7 times as likely to suffer from lower-limb amputations.
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