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Older Blacks, Latinos Struggle With Diabetes Control
Date:9/27/2007

d foot amputations. "But we don't have good answers as to why these disparities exist," he said.

Deeb said there could be bias among doctors when they treat blacks and Latinos. "Doctors need to know that people of color tend to have a higher A1C," he said. "It has to be explained. But don't try to explain it away with socioeconomics, don't try to explain it away based on self-management stuff.

"Explain it away by asking yourself, as a doctor: 'Is there something I can do to better control diabetes?'" he said.

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For more on diabetes, visit the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.



SOURCES: Michele Heisler, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor; Larry Deeb, M.D., president, medicine and science, American Diabetes Association, Chicago; Sept. 24, 2007, Archives of Internal Medicine


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