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via BlackDoctor:

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 30 million children and adults in the United States are affected with Diabetes, 84 million have pre-diabetes, and one in four adults are not even aware that they have diabetes. Today is Diabetes Alert Day, observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, bringing awareness to the seriousness of diabetes.

While it’s the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition in the black community. Diabetes is 60 percent more common in blacks than their white counterparts. Risk factors related to diabetes in blacks are high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, hypertension, and cigarette smoking.

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