Kaiser Permanente study reveals healthy Hawaiians still at higher risk of developing diabetes
Kaiser Permanente's releasing a new study showing how some of Hawaii's minorities are more prevalent to developing diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association about 142,000 people in Hawaii are living with diabetes. Its the seventh leading cause of death in the islands.
Kaiser's study found even at a normal weight, Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have a rate of diabetes three times higher than Caucasians.
"Genetics could be at the root but it could also be body composition differences or other lifestyle factors that could play a role," said Dr. Caryn Oshiro.
The study also showed Asians at a normal weight are also at a greater risk. Patients showed a rate two times higher than Caucasians. Doctors hope the findings encourage minorities to maintain a healthy diet.
The report will be published in Diabetes Care this month.