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Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people, especially in people who are overweight, and it occurs more often in:
- African Americans
- American Indians
- Hispanic Americans
- Some Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islander Americans.
On average, non-Hispanic African Americans are 1.6 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of the same age. Hispanic Americans are 1.5 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. American Indians have one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world.
On average, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.2 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age.
Although prevalence data for diabetes among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is limited, some groups (such as Native Hawaiians and Japanese and Filipino residents of Hawaii aged 20 or older) are about twice as likely to have diabetes as white residents of Hawaii of similar age.
(Click Diabetes Statistics for more statistics on type 2 diabetes.)