Race/ethnic difference in diabetes and diabetic complications

Elias K. Spanakis, Sherita Hill Golden

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Health disparities in diabetes and its complications and comorbidities exist globally. A recent Endocrine Society Scientific Statement described the Health Disparities in several endocrine disorders, including type 2 diabetes. In this review, we summarize that statement and provide novel updates on race/ethnic differences in children and adults with type 1 diabetes, children with type 2 diabetes, and in Latino subpopulations. We also review race/ethnic differences in the epidemiology of diabetes, prediabetes, and diabetes complications and mortality in the United States and globally. Finally, we discuss biological, behavioral, social, environmental, and health system contributors to diabetes disparities to identify areas for future preventive interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-823
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent diabetes reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes complications
  • Disparities
  • Ethnic
  • Prediabetes
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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