The Form of Diabetes most prevalent  among Haitians is Type 2

The Form of Diabetes most prevalent among Haitians is Type 2

Studies has found that Type 2 is The Form of Diabetes most prevalent among Haitians. Furthermore, Haitians with diabetes exhibit worse glycemic control, appear to be less likely to have control of their blood pressure and LDL levels than other ethnic groups.

The Form Of Diabetes Most Prevalent Among Haitians Is Type 2

"Diabetes Mellitus" or simply known as "Diabetes" is a disease due to inadequate insulin hormone secretion by the pancreas, leading to excess sugar level (blood sugar) in the blood stream that damages various organs in several ways. There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes (a form of diabetes that can occur during pregnancy). Type 1 diabetes is mostly insulin dependent and more prevalent in young ages. It is a situation when the pancreas produces very little or no amount of insulin at all. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of this disease, found mostly in people aged over 40. However, it is never uncommon among young adults. It is generally non-insulin dependent, normally found in people who are overweight, or with ages, faulty food habits, tension, lifestyle and among people with a family background of diabetes. A recent study has shown that a major part of the Haitian-American community has fallen prey of Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes is a serious but highly manageable disease through regulated lifestyle, balanced diabetic diet and medicine under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian (RD). A recent study has shown that 8.2% of Haitians have higher mean of HbA1c with poor blood pressure control, compared to white patients (below 7.7%) and black patients (7.7%). "HbA1c" is a measure of "glycated haemoglobin" that gives an an overall picture of what our average blood sugar levels had been, over a period of weeks/months. However, the BMI (Body Mass Index) of average Haitians (30.8) although was beyond the preferable limit (18.5 to 25), it is better than the white (33.4) and black patients (33.8). However, in spite of other higher rates of uncontrolled risk factors, Haitians have less complication with retinopathy, less evidence of smoking and fortunately, lower mean BMI in comparison to other group and a shorter exposure time to risk factors, they have been benefited with lower rates of diabetes related complications.

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