• More than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
• People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, and LDL cholesterol, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
• In 2010, African-Americans were 70 percent less likely to engage in active physical activity than whites.
• Deaths from heart disease and stroke are almost twice the rate for African-Americans as compared to whites.
• African-Americans are 1.4 times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure.
• African-American adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.
• African-American adults are 60 percent more likely to have a stroke than their white adult counterparts.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health