5 Surprising Facts About Diabetes

Fact: White Children Are at the Highest Risk

Many people have heard that diabetes is more of a threat to minorities, but about 71 percent of all children who have the disease are white, estimate researchers in the landmark SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. "Type 1 diabetes, which is far more common than type 2, occurs at higher rates in whites," says Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the department of preventive medicine and biometrics at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. Although type 2 does occur more frequently in minorities -- including African-Americans and Hispanics -- their overall risk of getting diabetes is much lower.

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