Every April, National Minority Health Month presents the opportunity to raise awareness about health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities. The prevalence of diabetes within these communities remains especially striking. According to the National Diabetes Education Program, 50% of black women, Hispanic men, and Hispanic women will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
Our longstanding commitment to treatments of this disease makes the fight against inequalities especially close to home for us. Through our work on insulin research and our partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, we hope to lead the way in diabetes care.
While we have made great strides, more work needs to be done. Take a look at four ways health care inequalities affect people with diabetes: