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Over half of Asian Americans suffering from hidden diabetes: Report

Wed, Sep 09, 2015, 10:53 AM
Washington, Sep 9: Almost half of Asian Americans are suffering from undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes - highest among all ethnic and racial subgroups studied in the US - that mostly results from sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, reveals a research.

According to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, one difference between Asian Americans and the other groups studied was that Asian Americans often develop Type 2 diabetes at a lower body mass index (BMI).

"The large proportion of people with undiagnosed diabetes points to both a greater need to test for Type 2 diabetes and a need for more education, especially among Asian Americans,” said study's senior author Catherine Cowie, director of diabetes epidemiology programmes at the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Using newly available 2011-2012 data from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers were able to quantify diabetes prevalence for Asian Americans for the first time

The data showed the average BMI for all Asian Americans surveyed was under 25. For the US population overall, the average BMI was just below 29.

A BMI of 25 to under 30 is considered overweight, and a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese.

"The American Diabetes Association recommends Asian Americans get tested for diabetes at a BMI of 23 or higher, a lower BMI threshold than the general population,” the study noted.
Agency: IANS

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