With the increasing change in our lifestyle, there are many lifestyle diseases that are on the rise. Lifestyle diseases have claimed millions of lives and the menace is still to continue with no apparent change in our diet and lifestyle. One of the lifestyle diseases that are claiming million of lives is type II diabetes. Diabetes which leads to reduced absorption of sugar in the body leading to high levels of blood sugar has claimed million of lives and incapacitated others as it comes with many complications. While diabetes can be managed through diet, the increase consumption of refined food with tendency to live a sedentary life remains the highest predisposing factor. However analysis of the prevalence of the disease shows that African Americans are at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and its complications. There are many factors which predispose African Americans to increased risk of type 2 diabetes.