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Racial/ethnic minorities have higher diabetes rates at lower BMIs

A study published in Diabetes Care showed that across all racial/ethnic groups, diabetes prevalence was 26.5% among Asians and 24.6% among Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with overweight and obesity class I, while whites had a prevalence of 23.7% with obesity class II. Researchers evaluated data on 4,906,238 adults ages 20 and older and found the highest association between body mass index category and diabetes among whites, while blacks had the lowest association.

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