New diabetes study examines disease impact in 10 ethnic and mixed-race groups

A new study will take a closer look at diabetes.

The $1.5 million, three-year study by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will study diabetes and key differences among 10 distinct population groups living in the state.

This will provide information on the prevalence of diabetes and the factors contributing to differences in outcomes among Asians, Pacific Islanders, and mixed-race individuals.

“The irony is that these populations are rapidly growing and have disproportionately high rates of diabetes, yet they are among the least studied populations in terms of understanding differences in diabetes prevalence and outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease,” said Dr. Waitzfelder. “Our ultimate goal is to uncover vital underlying information that will help improve outcomes of diabetes within these groups, either helping people to avoid complications altogether or delaying their onset.”

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Asians, and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing populations in the country.

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