Diabetes rates for aboriginals rising, especially among young women

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TORONTO - A 25-year study shows rates of diabetes among aboriginals have been rising at an alarming rate, especially for women of child-bearing age.
The study led by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan found the incidence of diabetes is more than four times higher in First Nations women compared to non-First Nations women.
For men, the rate of new diabetes cases in aboriginals is well over double that of non-aboriginal men.
The study of Saskatchewan residents found new diabetes cases peak
in aboriginals between ages 40 and 49, compared to a peak age of 70-plus in non-aboriginals.
Principal researcher Dr. Roland Dyck says aboriginal women in particular suffer from diabetes, with high rates among those 20- to 49-years-old.
The authors of the study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal say strategies to cut the diabetes rate among Canada's aboriginals should target pregnant women, children and young adults.

Organizations: First Nations, University of Saskatchewan, Canadian Medical Association Journal

Geographic location: TORONTO, Saskatchewan, Canada

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