Sociodemographic and healthcare characteristics of Colonia residents: The role of life stage in predicting health risks and diabetes status in a disadvantaged Hispanic population

Marcia G. Ory, Martha Conkling, Jane N. Bolin, John D. Prochaska, Dongling Zhan, James N. Burdine, Nelda Mier

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An assessment of the risk or diagnosis of diabetes in a random sample of 386 adult border residents found 46% obese, 12% at risk for diabetes, and 18% diagnosed with diabetes. While obesity was associated with greater diabetes risk, > 50% of obese adults reported not being told of their diabetes risk. Independent of other characteristics, boomers were at increased risk (OR 3.88) for diabetes. Comorbidities increased the risk for actual diabetes diagnosis (OR 4.79). Skipping medications increased risk of developing diabetes (OR 2.98). Disadvantaged obese boomers are at particular risk, warranting culturally appropriate interventions before onset of chronic illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Border health
  • Diabetes
  • Life stage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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