The Ultimate Diabetes and Race Statistics Quiz

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The Ultimate Diabetes and Race Statistics Quiz
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Diabetes afflicts people of all races and ethnicities. The rate of diabetes in different groups, however, is not consistent. In the United States, certain races and ethnicities have higher incidences of diabetes and diabetes-related health complications. Take this quiz and learn about the statistics related to diabetes and race.
African Americans are ________ to have diabetes compared non-Hispanic whites.
less likely
just as likely
more likely
Diabetes affects a disproportionate amount of African Americans. African Americans are approximately 1.8 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.

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What percentage of adult African Americans have diabetes?
3 percent
8 percent
13 percent
Approximately 13 percent of African Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes. Interestingly, 25 percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 to 74 have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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What diabetes related complications affect African Americans more than non-Hispanic whites?
blindness
kidney disease
both of the above
A startling number of African Americans with diabetes experience blindness and kidney disease compared to non-Hispanic whites. In fact, African Americans are almost twice as likely to experience blindness compared to non-Hispanic whites.

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What percentage of deaths among African Americans with diabetes are the result of stroke or heart attacks?
20 percent
45 percent
65 percent
A staggering 65 percent of African Americans who have diabetes die as a result of stroke or heart attack. Adults with diabetes, in general, have a two to four times greater chance of dying as a result of heart disease compared to adults who do not have diabetes.

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African Americans with diabetes are ________ to require foot or leg amputations compared to non-Hispanic whites with diabetes.
less likely
just as likely
more likely
Leg and foot amputations are a result of diabetes complications related to nerve damage and infection. African Americans with diabetes are 2.7 times more likely to require a leg or foot amputation compared to non-Hispanic whites with diabetes.

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Mexican Americans are _________to have diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.
less likely
just as likely
more likely
Mexican Americans, who constitute the largest Hispanic/Latino subgroup in America, are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.

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American Indians and Native Alaskans _________to have diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.
less likely
just as likely
more likely
After taking into account population age differences, American Indians and Native Alaskans are approximately twice as likely to have diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.

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What percentage of the Hispanic/Latino American adult population has diabetes?
3 percent
6 percent
9 percent
Approximately 9 percent of the Hispanic/Latino American adult population, which includes Mexican Americans, are diagnosed with diabetes, that's 2.5 million people.

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How many American Indians and Native Alaskans received care for their diabetes from the American Indian Health Service?
almost 50,000 people
almost 100,000 people
Approximately 100,000 American Indians and Native Alaskans received diabetes care through the Indian Health Service. That's 12.8 percent of the American Indian and Native Alaskan population.
almost 200,000 people

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In Hawaii, Native Hawaiians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders are _______ to have diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.
less likely
just as likely
more likely
The statistics for this population across all of the United States is not known. In Hawaii, however, Native Hawaiians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites.

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