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Diabetes and Diabetes Care Among Non-obese South Asian Americans: Findings from a Population-Based Study (Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009); 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2011); Diabetes; Asian

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CHIS Journal Article

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This paper aims to provide population-based data from California on: (a) the prevalence and the odds of diabetes among non-obese South Asian (SA) Americans compared to non-Hispanic whites (NHW); (b) to assess the prevalence and odds of optimal medical care including regular eye exams, foot exams, and the monitoring of hemoglobin A1C blood glucose levels; and (c) to identify the factors that are associated with diabetes among SA Americans.

Authors used combined 2007, 2009, and 2011 waves of the adult California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) to analyze a non-obese sample of 1,251 SA and 72,072 NHW.
  • Non-obese SA had more than twice the odds of diabetes in comparison to NHW, even after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics.
  • Despite their higher propensity for diabetes, there were no significant ethnic differences in the level of optimal care received by those with diabetes.
  • Among non-obese South Asian Americans, the odds of diabetes were higher for older respondents, those without a post-secondary degree, those who were foreign-born, those who had ever smoked, and those with BMI from 25 to 29.99.


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Journal Article: Diabetes and Diabetes Care Among Non-obese South Asian Americans: Findings from a Population-Based Study

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