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Diabetes Mellitus

Prevalence of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular risk factors in US Asian Indians: results from a national study

Ranjita Misraa, Corresponding Author Contact Information, E-mail The Corresponding Author, Thakor Patelb, Purushotham Kothac, Annaswamy Rajid, Om Gandae, MaryAnn Banerjif, Viral Shahf, Kris Vijayg, Sundar Mudaliarc, Dinakar Iyerh and Ashok Balasubramanyamh

Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Volume 24, Issue 3, May-June 2010, Pages 145-153



Although studies of immigrant Asian Indians in other countries show high rates of diabetes (DM), metabolic syndrome (MetS), and cardiovascular disease (CVD), no randomized, population-based studies of this rapidly growing ethnic group exist in the US.

The sample comprised 1038 randomly selected Asian Indian immigrants, aged 18 years and older at seven US sites. Prevalence of diabetes and MetS (age-adjusted and sex-adjusted means) was estimated and ANOVA was used to calculate gender and group differences (normoglycemia/impaired fasting glucose/diabetes) for CVD risk factors.

The mean age was 48.2 years. The majority of respondents were male, married, educated, and with some form of health insurance. Prevalence of diabetes was 17.4%, and 33% of the respondents had prediabetes. Cardiovascular risk factors, especially high levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, homocysteine, and C-reactive protein, and low levels of HDL cholesterol, were also prevalent; elevated lipoprotein(a) was not observed. The age-adjusted prevalence of MetS was 26.9% by the original NCEP/ATP III criteria, 32.7% by the modified NCEP/ATP III criteria, and 38.2% by the IDF criteria. The MetS rates for women, but not for men, increased with age using all three criteria. There was a progressive worsening of all metabolic parameters as individuals progressed from normal to IFG to diabetes.

The prevalence rates of diabetes and MetS among US Asian Indians are higher than reported in earlier, nonrandomized, smaller surveys. These data provide a firm basis for future mechanistic and interventional studies.


The links below provide very important public health messages for the Indian community and the patients of all physicians. Please feel free to print any or all of the messages below for your papers and community health fairs/functions. They are in Hindi, English and Gujarati. These were done by National Diabetes Education Program NDEP/CDC/NIH and are aimed at promoting health & Wellness.

Please pass along," Know Your Numbers," flyer to your friends in the media and have them print different ones at different times. This is how AAPI is declaring war on diabetes and coronary artery disease.

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