(KVEO) Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases, and according to a San Antonio heart study the death rate for diabetes is 50% higher for Hispanics in comparison to Anglo patients.

"It is very common among Hispanics, especially here in the valley, the prevalence of diabetes here is about 30%," says Dr. Marcel Twahirwa.

A recent medical study shows Hispanics may face higher risks for Type Two diabetes because they're more likely to store fat in their pancreas, but less likely to be able to produce more insulin to compensate for the excess of fat.

The disease seems to be affecting more Americans. Currently 26-million Americans have diabetes and 79-million already fall under being pre-diabetic.

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