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Race Plays a Role in Heart, Diabetes Risk, Even at Normal Weight

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Researchers at Emory and the University of California, San Francisco discovered that people of South Asian and Hispanic heritage who are not overweight possess more risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes than normal weight-weight white people. This study involved almost 7,000 subjects between 45 and 84 years of age, including more than 800 people of South Asian descent; all others were identified as white, Hispanic, or of Chinese background. Normal weight individuals of South Asian descent were twice as likely to have heart disease or diabetes abnormalities than whites, while normal-weight people of Hispanic descent were 80 percent more likely to have these issues than whites. Read more about the study at this U.S. News & World report article.