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Ethnic Communities Hit Hard by Growing Diabetes Epidemic

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 14, 2011

The CDC estimates more than 25 million Americans had the disease last year.  That includes seven million people who don't yet know they have it.

HOOD: "African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asians have higher incidences of diabetes."

San Diego-based Doctor Rodney Hood says ethnic communities suffer more from the disease because of lifestyle, poor access to health care and a toxic environment.

HOOD: "Many times have poor food choices, they have inability to do adequate physical activity resulting in obesity."

New data show the United States has one of the highest death rates from diabetes.

And the number of those living with the disease worldwide is expected to rise.  

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