Monday, November 30, 2020
Home Indian Diaspora South Asians in US more prone to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes

South Asians in US more prone to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes

doctor

Washington: South Asians in US are more prone to heart attacks and diabetes when compared to other ethnic groups, as highlighted in a health congress here.

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has highlighted various preventive healthcare initiatives at the First World Congress on Preventive Healthcare 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Aimed at creating global awareness about preventive healthcare, the three-day Congress held from July 10-12 was part of the North American Bengali Conference (NABC) 2015, organized by Tagore Society of Houston.

The Congress highlighted that one American dies every 40 seconds in the US from cardiovascular diseases. A disproportionate burden of this risk is seen in the 3.4 million South Asians who live in the US.

The risks for heart attacks and cardiovascular deaths can be up to five times higher for South Asians when compared to other ethnic groups.

The total number of people with diabetes is projected to rise from 171 million in 2000 to 366 million in 2030.

In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes and 13 percent of Asian Indians had diabetes.

While South Asians have a one in three lifetime risk for developing diabetes, total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the US in 2012 were $245 billion.

Dr. Sumita Chowdhury, chairperson for the Congress, appealed to the South Asian community to help conquer the epidemics of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes by joining the the South Asian Cardiovascular Registry.

Bringing together all stakeholders in the healthcare to formulate a shared vision towards prevention of disease, the Congress was intended to create sustainable measures for prevention that can be adapted worldwide and integrated into the fabric of life.

The forum was a way to evaluate the factors contributing to the increased disease risk among South Asians and help to formulate awareness campaigns to help modify risk factors that are specific to this ethnic group.

AAPI President Dr Seema Jain, highlighted various initiatives taken by the largest ethnic association of medical professionals in the US, in America and in India for preventing health risks and bringing the best healthcare to millions of people.

An estimated 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin working around the world have made enormous contributions to the world of healthcare, she said.

Jain pointed out that Indian-Americans constitute less than one percent of the population in the US, but they account for nearly nine percent of the physicians in the country.

Serving in almost all parts of America, they are estimated to provide healthcare to over 40 million patients in the US, she said.

(IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,779FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Kamalrukh Wife Of Late Wajid Khan Appealed For Anti-Conversion Bill To Be Applied In Nation

Music Composer, Wajid Khan passed away on June 1, 2020. Almost 6 months after his demise her Wife Kamalrukh has been harassed by her...

Influenza Infections Can Lead To Increased Risk Of Pneumonia

Researchers have now revealed that influenza infections can lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia, which claims many lives around the world every...

Report: Healthy Demand Conditions Accelerates VF Sector’s Recovery

Demand for two-wheelers, tractors, and passenger vehicles has led to an accelerated recovery in the vehicle finance (VF) sector over the past six months,...

CPAP Machines Are Saving Lives Of Patients Hospitalized With Covid-19

Researchers have revealed that Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines -- the existing medical treatment -- are saving the lives of patients hospitalized with...

IIT-BHU And IIT-G Signed A Memorandum To Start A Joint Doctoral Program

The Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) and IIT-Guwahati has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to start a joint doctoral program. This...

Electronic Skin To Play An Important Role In Next-Generation

Electronic skin or e-skin may play an important role in next-generation prosthetics, personalized medicine, soft robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI), say, researchers. Electronic skin...

Everyday Activities Can Significantly Enhance Personal Well-Being: Report

Everyday activities such as climbing stairs or simply walking to the neighborhood store can significantly enhance our personal well-being during pandemic times, particularly in...

Emotional Flexibility Is The Key Factor To Healthy Relationships

Being emotionally flexible is one of the key factors when it comes to longevity and overall health of your romantic and long-term relationships, say...

Recent Comments