The Prevalence of Potentially
Modifiable Type II Diabetic Risk Factors Among Elderly African-Americans.
The purpose of this study was to
determine the prevalence of potentially modifiable obesity-related risk factors (RF) in African-American college students
ages 18-25. A voluntary convenience sample of students [N=20; Males (M) n=4, 64 ±
5.5 yrs.; Females (F) n=16, 74 ± 9.8 yrs] was taken from a historically minority university. Data
for the following variables were collected during two testing sessions:; blood pressure (BP), body composition using] skinfold
(SK) and girth measurements ‘including waist circumference (WAIST)]; and, the following health behavior questionnaires
Twelve subjects had elevated BP. Mean values for percent body fat (%BF) were 43.9% and 39.8% for women and men respectively.
WAIST [102 and 104 cm for men and women, respectively] were indicative of increased risk for heart disease. Of the twenty
participants nearly all had one of more RF for NIDDM, suggesting the need for further investigation of, and more diligent
screening for NIDDM in this population.