Hispanics/Latinos, Diabetes and Limb Loss
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Recent studies have shown that Hispanic/Latino Americans have an elevated risk for developing diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that, unless managed and treated properly, may lead to secondary complications including amputation. The following statistics, taken from various sources including the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illustrate the extent and serious nature of this disease and its effect on Hispanic/Latino Americans.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Fact Sheet: General Information and National Estimates on Diabetes in the United States, 2005. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2005.
2 Boyle, James P., PhD, et al. “Lifetime Risk for Diabetes Mellitus in the United States,” JAMA 290 (14), 1884-90.
3 The Diabetes Epidemic Among Hispanic and Latino Americans. National Diabetes Education Program, National Institutes of Health, 2005. www.ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/pubs/FS_HispLatino_Eng.pdf.
4 Preidt, Robert. “Blacks, Hispanics Hospitalized More Often for Diabetes, Heart Disease.” HealthDay: News for Healthier Living, August 15, 2006.
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