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ISSN: 2155-6156

Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism
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Research Article

The Relationship between Diabetes and Obesity across Different Ethnicities

Heather JA Foulds1,2,3, Shannon SD Bredin3,4 and Darren ER Warburton1,2,3*

1Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Canada

2Experimental Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada

3Physical Activity Promotions and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit, Canada

4Cognitive and Functional Learning Laboratories, University of British Columbia, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Darren Warburton
Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory
University of British Columbia
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Received date: October 12, 2012; Accepted date: November 24, 2012; Published date: November 30, 2012

Citation: Foulds HJA, Bredin SSD, Warburton DER (2012) The Relationship between Diabetes and Obesity across Different Ethnicities. J Diabetes Metab 3:228. doi: 10.4172/2155-6156.1000228

Copyright: © 2012 Foulds HJA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The relationship between diabetes and obesity, major contributors to cardiovascular disease, varies with ethnicity; however, only limited information is available regarding Aboriginal and South Asian populations.

Objective: This investigation aimed to identify and compare the relationship between diabetes and dysglycemia, and obesity across several ethnicities.

Methods: White (n=3593), Aboriginal (n=999), East Asian (n=448), and South Asian (n=222) adults were measured directly for body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Individuals were identified for diabetes and dysglycemia through reported diagnosis, measured random blood glucose and A1C values. The risk ratios of diabetes and dysglycemia were compared across measures of BMI and waist circumference.

Results: Across all ethnic groups, individuals with greater BMI and waist circumference demonstrated greater risk ratios for diabetes and dysglycemia. Aboriginal and South Asian individuals demonstrated greater risks for diabetes relative to White adults regardless of age, gender, physical activity and body composition. Risks for dysglycemia were greater among East and South Asian adults regardless of covariates, while the increased risk among Aboriginal adults appears to be mediated by waist circumference.

Conclusions: Overall, increased risks of diabetes and dysglycemia were observed across all ethnic groups with increased body composition measures.

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