Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group, and have surpassed Latinos as the largest wave of new immigrants to the United States. Despite perceptions of high household incomes and educational attainment, health disparities persist, and few studies reflect the heterogeneity in their health risk factors and behaviors. In California, type 2 diabetes prevalence is highest among Pacific Islanders, Filipinos and South Asians, exceeding rates among Latinos, African-Americans and Native Americans; gestational diabetes prevalence follows similar patterns. Biological factors explain some of their excess risk for type 2 diabetes, but social determinants including socioeconomic disadvantage, childhood malnutrition, sleep insufficiency, and limited social connectedness play important roles, and opportunities for public health intervention.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
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