Title

Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Low-income African Americans and East African Immigrants

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2010

Advisor

Manuel Campos, Biology

Abstract

Type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a growing health concern across America, with prevalence rates estimated at 8% for the whole population. Minority populations have even higher observed rates- African Americans have an estimated 13% prevalence rate and East African immigrants a 10 to 15% prevalence rate. This study explores the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of T2DM and examines the genetic, lifestyle, and environmental differences that explain the higher rates of T2DM and many T2DM complications in low-income African Americans and East African immigrants. The study also offers suggestions on the best methods and practices to treat and manage T2DM in these two populations.

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