Diabetes Risk by Race
When doctors look at a patient, it’s not just their height or weight or their laboratory results that affect outcomes. It’s also who they are where they live what kind of life circumstances they have experienced.
New research is showing that when we call socioeconomic factors matter. A new study quantifies how these factors affect diabetes risk.
When it comes to race, there are significant differences in diabetes risk among Americans. Asian Americans have over twice the risk of developing diabetes compared to White Americans.
Why is Diabetes Dangerous?
Diabetes Risk by Education Attainment
When looking at education, we can see a similar pattern where risk varies significantly based on a person's education.
Those who have graduated from college have the lowest risk of all, whereas those who have not graduated from high school have the highest risk of diabetes. This follows a dose-dependent relationship, which supports the significance of this link.
Dose Dependent Relationships
Diabetes Risk by Life Stressors
The circumstances of one's life can also play a large role in diabetes risk. Individuals who have experienced domestic violence have a 68% higher risk of developing diabetes.
Those who live in poor neighborhoods, experience significant financial worries, or have experienced periods of high stress, also have an elevated risk.
Depression vs Heart Attack Risk
Depression has been linked to worse health, particularly heart health. New research shows that treating underlying depression can reduce the odds of a heart attack. This adds to a growing understanding that mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing are closely linked.
Sexual Harassment and High Blood Pressure
A recent study has found that sexual harassment and sexual assault are significantly associated with worse health indicators. A recent study has found that sexual harassment and sexual assault are significantly associated with worse health indicators. The CDC continues to find a high prevalence of sexual assault against both men and women.
One of the biggest takeaways from this research is that mental health matters. Inadequate mental health can get in the way of good physical health. Life stressors can be just as important as genetics when it comes to disease risk.
This research also shows that when looking at risk, we need to take life circumstances into account. For example, Asian Americans may need to be more vigilant when it comes to diabetes screening and lifestyle interventions given their significantly higher risk of diabetes.