Finding may explain their higher complication, death rates, experts say

Friday, August 25, 2006—The finding could explain why black patients are typically at increased risk for diabetes-linked complications and death, the researchers said.

“This confirms what doctors have known,” added Dr. Larry C. Deeb, president of medicine and science for the American Diabetes Association and a professor of social and behavioral medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine.

“What this study does is take all the [published] papers they could find and show that, across the board, the African-Americans have an increased risk,” said Deeb, who was not involved in the research.

The findings were published Friday in the journal Diabetes Care.

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