Researchers at UTMB have found that the prevalence of diabetes among older Mexican Americans increased significantly from 1993-1994 to 2004-2005. A study by Holly A. Beard, Majd Al Ghatrif, Rafael Samper-Ternent, Kerstin Gerst and Kyriakos S. Markides published in the December issue of Diabetes Care found that the incidence of diabetes increased from 20.3 percent in 1993-1994 to 37.2 percent in 2004-2005. No improvements in diabetes-related complications were identified during this time. “These findings heighten the urgency for more effective public health interventions targeted to this population,” the researchers concluded.