Factors Associated With the Cardiovascular Health of Black and Latino Adults With Type 2 Diabetes

Margaret McCarthy, Jason Fletcher, Fay Wright, Inés Del Giudice, Agnes Wong, Bradley E. Aouizerat, Victoria Vaughan Dickson, Gail D'Eramo Melkus

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Aims: The purpose of this study was to assess the levels of cardiovascular health (CVH) of Black and Latino adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and examine the association of individual and microsystem level factors with their CVH score. Methods: This was a cross-sectional design in 60 Black and Latino Adults aged 18–40 with T2D. Data were collected on sociodemographic, individual (sociodemographic, diabetes self-management, sleep disturbance, depressive symptoms, quality of life, and the inflammatory biomarkers IL-6 and hs-CRP) and microsystem factors (family functioning), and American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 metrics of CVH. Factors significantly associated with the CVH score in the bivariate analyses were entered into a linear regression model. Results: The sample had a mean age 34 ± 5 years and was primarily female (75%) with a mean CVH score was 8.6 ± 2.2 (possible range of 0–14). The sample achieved these CVH factors at ideal levels: body mass index <25 kg/m2 (8%); blood pressure <120/80 (42%); hemoglobin A1c < 7% (57%); total cholesterol <200 mg/dL (83%); healthy diet (18%); never or former smoker > one year (95%); and physical activity (150 moderate-to-vigorous minutes/week; 45%). In the multivariable model, two factors were significantly associated with cardiovascular health: hs-CRP (B = −0.11621, p <.0001) and the general health scale (B = 0.45127, p =.0013). Conclusions: This sample had an intermediate level of CVH, with inflammation and general health associated with overall CVH score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBiological Research for Nursing
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • cardiovascular disease
  • cardiovascular health
  • type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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