Asian Americans and Diabetes
If you, a loved one, or a friend is Asian American, they might be at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, even if they are slimmer than the average American.
In our society, being skinny is often equated to being healthy. However, according to new studies and guidelines from the American Diabetes Association, Asian Americans should reevaluate their BMI numbers and get tested for pre-diabetes.
Generally, people with a BMI number of 25 and above are encouraged to get tested for diabetes risk. In Asian Americans, the number to test for diabetes is 23.
Researchers analyzed data from four university and study groups, totaling over 1,600 participants. They found that using the 25 BMI guidelines, 36 percent of Asian Americans with type 2 diabetes would be unaccounted for. They also found that by using a BMI of 23.5 and above in Asian Americans, 80 percent of people with diabetes were identified.
Asian-Americans tend to gain fat in their abdominal area, and this kind of weight gain is very clearly related to diabetes risk.
These new guidelines will help catch diabetes early on for Asian Americans, so they can take the necessary steps to prevent other conditions associated with diabetes, such as heart disease and increased stroke risk.
Diabetes guidelines that are catered to different ethnicities are being discussed and from this study on Asian Americans seem useful to have, for all people to take control of their health.