A comprehensive, multi-year medical research study examining health
issues among U.S. Hispanic/Latino groups has yielded data indicating
that less than half of the participants diagnosed with diabetes had the
condition under control.
The data was presented today at the American
Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' (AACE) 23rd
Annual Scientific and Clinical Congress.
The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, spearheaded by the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), recruited and
examined more than 16,000 participants in four cities from 2008 to 2011
to identify risk factors that play a role in the development of
cardiovascular and other diseases in Hispanics/Latinos, the largest
ethnic minority group in the U.S. The study is ongoing.
"As a group, approximately one-third of Hispanics with the disease do
not know they have diabetes," said Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa, M.P.H.,
F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., the study's project director and Medical Officer
with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Division of
Cardiovascular Sciences. "So there is an opportunity here to take a look
at clinical practices and think about how we can enhance guidelines an
raise awareness amongst the Hispanic community."
The study also revealed significant differences in the prevalence of
diabetes across Hispanic groups: the disease was more common among those
of Mexican, Puerto Rican and Dominican origin and least prevalent among
those from South America.
"This shows that talking about Hispanics as a group can be misleading,"
Aviles-Santa notes. "I would encourage educators and clinicians to
consider Hispanics as not just one culture and one mentality, but a
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About the American Association of Clinical
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents
more than 6,500 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE
is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world.
The majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes
and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with
endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders,
osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders,
hypertension and obesity. Visit our site at www.aace.com.
About the American College of Endocrinology
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and
scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
(AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of
endocrine and metabolic disorders by providing professional education
and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in
education, research and service; promoting clinical research and
defining the future of clinical endocrinology. For more information,
please visit www.aace.com/college.
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