American lifestyle associated with risk of diabetes in Mexican-American children

bartA new study by the UNT Science Center in North Texas has associated societal and familial factors in the United States to an increased of in Mexican American children. The study investigated the impact of adaptation and assimilation into American Culture. It is expected that adolescent rates will increase by 49% in children. Fifty percent of new cases are expected to be Hispanic.

The participants consisted of 144 North Texas children between the ages of 10-14 and the researchers measured their glucose, blood pressure, body size and proportions and examined the children for a skin condition (called acanthosis nigricans) that occurs in people who are at for obesity related diabetes.

The study finding revealed that as children adopt to a more “Anglo” culture their of increased by approximately 43 percent. The researchers focused on the adaptation of American Cutlure and measured language skills, whether they spoke English, watched English TV shows and movies, had non-Hispanic white friends and preferred reading, writing in English.

“Child obesity and is a serious and growing epidemic, especially among the Hispanic population,” said Dr. Fulda, the lead study . “The results of this study show how important it is for us to explore the factors that are causing this disparity and find ways to promote good among children.”

The researchers suggest exploring life style factors associated with living in the United States such as fast-, sedentary behavior, fruit and , socioeconomic status, parental education and parental acculturation.


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