Ethnic groups may need new BMI cutoffs for diabetes risk

07/2/2014 | Nursing in Practice

Research published in Diabetes Care indicates that the diabetes rates of obese Caucasians with a BMI of at least 30 were similar to south Asians whose BMI was at least 22, patients of Chinese descent with a BMI of at least 24 and in blacks with a BMI of at least 26. The findings indicate a need to use lower BMIs to define obesity in different racial and ethnic groups.

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