Novel Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes in African-Americans

Ranee Chatterjee, Nisa M. Maruthur, David Edelman

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In the USA, compared to whites, African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the diabetes epidemic. Traditional diabetes risk factors, such as obesity, are more common among African-Americans, but these traditional risk factors do not explain all of the disparity in diabetes risk. Recent research has identified novel environmental, lifestyle, physiologic, and genetic risk factors for diabetes, some of which appear to impact African-Americans more than whites. This manuscript reviews the recent literature to highlight some of these novel risk factors that may be contributing to the racial disparity in diabetes risk. Further study is needed of the modifiable risk factors for development of interventions to reduce the risk of diabetes in African-Americans, as well as other high-risk populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103
JournalCurrent diabetes reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Diabetes risk
  • Novel risk factors
  • Racial disparity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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