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Latinos More Likely to Develop Diabetes, Mental Disorder


As per a study recently presented by researchers at the American Psychiatric Association, Latinos as a group appear more likely to develop both diabetes and a mood disorder -- like anxiety or depression -- than any other group.

Although it’s widely-recognized as Latinos have higher rates of diabetes than any other singular ethnic group, the fact that an accompanying mental disorder is also more often linked to them is news.

The results of this study came by way of an analysis of 129 adults that had been diagnosed with diabetes at the rural health clinic in Imperial County, CA. With scientists aiming to figure out the rates of mood disorders in Latinos dealing with diabetes, and whether the mood disorder or diabetes came first, they set out to survey all of the subjects on scene.

When it was all said and done, 54 percent of the men were found to have developed diabetes first and 24 percent developed depression first. Women, on the other hand, had 59 percent of their group develop diabetes first and 29 percent develop depression first.

The leaders of the study from UC, San Diego noted this on the matter:

"Poor motivation, poor eating habits, and lack of impulse control in patients with mood and anxiety symptoms could be considered as contributing factors for the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes."

Still, despite their fascinating results, researchers agree that more studies need to be conducted before any definitive conclusions can be drawn from this report.

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