Diabetes Mellitus

There is a trend towards increasing rates, but on par with the general U.S. population (Lum, 1995; Yee & Weaver, 1994). Specific prevalent rates of diabetes in Chinese groups in the U.S. was hard to obtain. However, some data could be glimpsed from Oza-Frank’s study (2009) to compare diabetes prevalence by WHO and U.S. BMI classifications among Asian Americans.

Authors analyzed data on Asian American adults (n=7,414) from NHIS (National Health Interview Survey) 1997–2005. Diabetes prevalence was estimated across weight and ethnic group strata. This study found that Asian Indian ethnicity on its own, but not other Asian ethnicities, was strongly associated with diabetes.