POSTED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 5:36pm
McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases here in the valley and according to a San Antonio heart study the death rate for diabetes is 50% higher for Hispanics in comparison to Anglo patients.
Dr. Marcel Twahirwa of DHR says, "It is very common among Hispanics, especially here in the valley, the prevalence of diabetes here is about 30%."
A recent medical study shows Hispanics may face higher risks for type two diabetes because they're more likely to store fat in their pancreas, but less likely to be able to produce more insulin to compensate for the excess of fat.
The disease seems to be affecting more Americans, currently 26-million Americans have diabetes and 79-million already fall under being pre-diabetic.
The study found an association between ethnicity and insulin resistance, but on the other hand it didn't find a cause and effect relationship and that's because the study is still in early stages.
Regardless of what the study suggests, doctors say it's important to be tested and to treat the disease so that it doesn't advance.