Indian American Health

August 14, 2005

Indian-friendly legislators have called for increased funding for research into the rising incidence of heart disease and diabetes among Indian Americans.

To quote from the article:

"According to preliminary research conducted by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), cardiovascular disease and diabetes have had a severe and disproportionate impact on the Indian American community.
The organisation says that the number of incidents occurring in Indian Americans may be among the highest in the world for both men and women, and are possibly two to three times higher than the general US population."




The American Indians' diversity, coupled with their small population groups scattered throughout the United States, has made it difficult to provide a uniform, readily accessible health care system. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American Indians, with malignant neoplasms the second most frequent cause among females and accidents the second most frequent cause among males. 4 Recent statistics show Native Americans 2.6 times more likely to have diabetes mellitus as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. Other causes of greater than average mortality include tuberculosis, suicide, pneumonia, influenza and homicide. Finally, deaths attributable to alcoholism are also alarmingly high among American Indians. 5
American community is contributing a great deal in establishing a good and healhy envoirment.
The American College has claimed a study that will help truncate the layers of obesity within arteries which will help blood to flow fluent. This reduces the risk of heart attack. One can hope that the study will reduce the mortality rate due to heart attacks.
Thanks to Americans who are taking keen interest in uplifting the poors of South Asia.
American community is contributing a great deal in establishing a good and healhy envoirment.