Differences in hemoglobin a1cbetween hispanics/latinos and non-hispanic whites:An analysis of the hispanic community health study/study of latinos and the 2007-2012 national health and nutrition examination survey

M. Larissa Avilés-Santa, Lucy L. Hsu, Mario Arredondo, Andy Menke, Ellen Werner, Bharat Thyagarajan, Gerardo Heiss, Yanping Teng, Neil Schneiderman, Aida L. Giachello, Linda C. Gallo, Gregory A. Talavera, Catherine C. Cowie

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether, after adjustment for glycemia and other selected covariates, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c ) differed among adults from six Hispanic/Latino heritage groups (Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and South American) and between Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic white adults without self-reported diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We performed a cross-sectional analysis of data from 13,083 individuals without self-reported diabetes from six Hispanic/Latino heritage groups, enrolled from 2008 to 2011 in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, and 2,242 non-Hispanic white adults enrolled during the 2007-2012 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. We compared HbA1c levels among Hispanics/Latinos and between Hispanics/Latinos and non-Hispanic whites before and after adjustment for age, sex, fasting (FPG) and 2-h post-oral glucose tolerance test (2hPG) glucose, anthropometric measurements, and selected biochemical and hematologic variables and after stratification by diabetes status: unrecognized diabetes (FPG ≥7.1 mmol/L or 2hPG ≥11.2 mmol/L), prediabetes (FPG 5.6-7.0 mmol/L or 2hPG 7.8-11.1 mmol/L), and normal glucose tolerance (FPG <5.6 mmol/L and 2hPG <7.8 mmol/L). RESULTS Adjusted mean HbA1c differed significantly across all seven groups (P < 0.001). Non-Hispanic whites had significantly lower HbA1c (P < 0.05) than each individual Hispanic/Latino heritage group. Upon stratification by diabetes status, statistically significant differences (P < 0.001) in adjusted mean HbA1c persisted across all seven groups. CONCLUSIONS HbA1c differs among Hispanics/Latinos of diverse heritage groups and between non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics/Latinos after adjustment for glycemia and other covariates. The clinical significance of these differences is unknown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1010-1017
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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Funding. The first phase of the HCHS/SOL was carried out as a collaborative study, supported by contracts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to the University of North Carolina (N01-HC65233), University of Miami (N01-HC65234), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (N01-HC65235), Northwestern University (N01-HC65236), and San Diego State University (N01-HC65237). The collaborative and co-funded NIH institutes, centers, and offices for the study include the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the NIH; or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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