Diabetes in Asian Americans

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Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise among Asian and Pacific Islander (APA) populations. Studies have shown that:
Prevalence of diabetes among APAs is 2 to 3 times higher than Caucasians.

Diabetes in Asian Americans
Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise among Asian and Pacific Islander (APA) populations. Studies have shown that:
Prevalence of diabetes among APAs is 2 to 3 times higher than Caucasians.
16% of Asian Americans have diabetes according to a recent study conducted in New York City. APA patients are at a higher risk of developing diabetes compared to white patients of the same weight. At a BMI of 23 (considered normal for Caucasians), APA patients are at risk for developing diabetes.

16% of Asian Americans have diabetes according to a recent study conducted in New York City.
APA patients are at a higher risk of developing diabetes compared to white patients of the same weight. At a BMI of 23 (considered normal for Caucasians), APA patients are at risk for developing diabetes.

As a future physician who may work closely with these communities, we urge you to advise your APA patients that:
It is a common misconception that diabetes is caused by eating sweets. Instead, obesity, family history, high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle are all risk factors.

As a future physician who may work closely with these communities, we urge you to advise your APA patients that:
It is a common misconception that diabetes is caused by eating sweets. Instead, obesity, family history, high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle are all risk factors. Type 2 diabetes could lead to serious complications, but this disease can be controlled by diet and exercise. Even a 10 pound weight loss could help prevent diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes could lead to serious complications, but this disease can be controlled by diet and exercise. Even a 10 pound weight loss could help prevent diabetes.
For more information, visit the Joslin Diabetes Center Asian American Diabetes initiative: http://aadi.joslin.harvard.edu

For more information, visit the Joslin Diabetes Center Asian American Diabetes initiative: http://aadi.joslin.harvard.edu


				
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