National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)

The Diabetes Epidemic in Hispanic America: A Summary of Recent Research Findings and Updated Policy Recommendations

Author: National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)

Diabetes in the U.S. Hispanic community has reached epidemic levels; because of the confluence of genetic, socioeconomic, and lifestyle factors, people of Mexican, Central American, South American and Caribbean descent are fully twice as likely to suffer the onset, complications, and consequences of diabetes. This paper presents findings from research into the barriers that keep Hispanic men and women from effective diabetes management, as well as the factors which some of the Latinos who are handling diabetes successfully identify as helpful. These findings provide several clear directions for diabetes-control policy. For more information, visit