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Diabetes and Asian Americans: The Need to Screen at 23

Resource Topic: Diabetes
Resource Subtopic: Asian Americans, Social Determinants of Health, Quality Improvement, Programs and Services, Special and Vulnerable Populations, Policy and Advocacy, Research and Data

Year Developed: 2017

Resource Type: Archived Webinar

Primary Audience: Clinicians

Language: English

Developed by: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (See other resources developed by this organization.)

Resource Summary: This webinar provides an overview of the American Diabetes Association’s 2015 diabetes screening guidelines for Asian Americans and the science that’s behind them. Epidemiologic studies have shown that standard body mass index (BMI) cut point of 25 is inappropriate for defining diabetes risk in Asian Americans. Consequently, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have acknowledged the need to screen Asian Americans at a BMI cut point of 23 to identify those with or at risk for future diabetes. It also highlights the Screen at 23 Campaign and resources available to support health centers in preventing and diagnosing diabetes for Asian Americans.

Resource Details: This webinar shares the data result from research conducted by Dr. Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA&NHPIs) and diabetes. The data shows that diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed) prevalence for Asian Americans ranked the highest when compared to other racial/ethnic groups such as African-Americans, Caucasians, and Hispanics. Given the high prevalence, there is an increased need for early detection and prevention efforts. Epidemiologic studies have shown that standard body mass index (BMI) cut point of 25 is inappropriate for defining diabetes risk in Asian Americans. Consequently, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have acknowledged the need to screen Asian Americans at a BMI cut point of 23 to identify those with or at risk for future diabetes.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.