Treatment and Care for African Americans

Compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes:

  • 13.2% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.
  • African Americans are 1.7 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 significantly more likely to suffer from blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

Learn about the American Diabetes Association's African American Initiatives.

  • Last Reviewed: November 12, 2013
  • Last Edited: October 1, 2014

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