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High diabetes rates linked to CVD in Native Americans

Type 2 diabetes may be up to three times more likely among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, compared with other ethnic groups, which may factor into higher cardiovascular disease rates in these populations, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in the journal Circulation. "To better prevent and treat cardiovascular disease in American Indians and Alaska Natives, it's imperative to control risk factors and implement community-based interventions that address social determinants of health," Chiadi Ndumele of Johns Hopkins University wrote in an accompanying commentary.

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