Harvard Health Blog
Racial and ethnic minority communities hit hard by type 2 diabetes: Here's what we can do
By: A. Enrique Caballero, MD, Contributor As you probably know, type 2 diabetes has become a major health problem in the US and around the world. People with type 2 diabetes cannot effectively use glucose (sugar) from the food they eat to fuel the body. As a result, blood sugar levels are consistently higher than normal. Over time this can lead to serious, even deadly, complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke.