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Michigan Finds Adapting to Mainstream Lowers Diabetes Risk in African-Americans

Lack of access to good nutrition impacts racial and ethnic minorities and recent immigrants disproportionately. Poor nutrition combined with higher stress can contribute to other health problems, including type 2 diabetes. Dr. Rebecca Hasson, assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and School of Kinesiology, found that overweight and obese African-American children and teens who successfully adapt to mainstream American culture – while maintaining strong ties with their own – could reduce stress and stress eating. In turn, this could reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes.