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Diabetes Takes Disproportionate Toll On Hispanics And Blacks

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Connecticut’s diabetes rate ranks lower than the national average, but Hispanics and African-Americans are more than twice as likely to have the disease compared with their white neighbors and are at greater risk of dying from diabetes-related causes.

Approximately 250,000 Connecticut adults (8 percent) have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and an estimated 83,000 state residents don’t realize they have the disease, according to 2011-13 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nationally, 29.1 million people (9.3 percent) have diabetes and 8.1 million people don’t know they have the disease, reports the CDC.

Connecticut’s Hispanics (14.6 percent) and African-Americans (14.1 percent) have significantly higher rates of diabetes than whites (6.7 percent). In addition, adults with annual household incomes below $25,000 are 2.3 times more likely to have diagnosed diabetes compared with adults with household incomes over $75,000, according to the CDC.

Health experts cite multiple …

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Study: Immigrant Hispanic Parents Spank Their Children Less than U.S. Born Hispanic Parents, A New University of Michigan Study Found

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The findings show that cultural values may help Hispanic immigrants maintain positive parenting practices and parent-child relationships, despite, on average, greater financial pressures and other factors often associated with greater use of spanking.

Prior studies reported that Hispanics, when compared with whites and African-Americans, were generally less likely to use physical or psychological aggression against young children. However, other studies have not analyzed the link between culture and spanking when it involves Hispanic immigrants to the United States.

In this new U-M study published in the February issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, researchers found that immigrant parents are more likely to endorse traditional gender roles and attend religious services more frequently than their U.S.-born counterparts. Of all factors examined in the study, foreign birth was the strongest predictor of lower levels of spanking.

“Immigrant status may be an important protective factor that is associated with lower levels …

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Study Finds Hispanics Have Different Opinions On Diabetes



Hispanics are nearly twice as likely as non-Hispanic to get diabetes, the perception of the metabolic disease, within the community, varies a great deal, according to a new survey by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

The alarming findings showed that 87 percent of Hispanics with diabetes think an afflicted person can take actions to prevent the illness compared to 80 percent of non-Hispanic whites and 69 percent of non-Hispanic blacks.

Only 3 percent of Hispanics thought of monitoring blood sugar as a way to manage diabetes.

In a press release, Jane L. Delgado, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, explained that diabetes has touched the lives of millions of Hispanic families and that the insights taken from the new survey confirm that diabetes is in fact a worry for many Latinos.

“These efforts are critical, especially considering Hispanics are nearly …

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