South Asian Health

What is South Asia?

  • South Asia consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the British Indian Ocean Territories, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Why South Asia?

  • Our goal is to reach out to South Asians in the community in an effort to educate and help reduce healthcare disparities. Some of the principal health issues affecting people of South Asian in the United States include:
    • Cardiovascular Disease. South Asians tend to develop heart disease 10-15 years earlier than other ethnic groups, and 50% of heart attacks in South Asians occur before age 55!
    • Type 2 Diabetes. South Asians have higher than average rates of insulin resistance, even without obesity. In the U.S, South Asian immigrants are 7 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than the general population! (Bhopal et al., 1999).
    • Obesity/Nutrition. Child obesity is at 25.7% in boys and 26.2% in girls of South Asian descent.
    • Cancer
    • Mental Health
    • Domestic Violence

How?

  • Healthcare screening for diabetes and hypertension
  • Assessment Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and suggest follow-up care
  • Offer healthier lifestyle options – especially regarding diet

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This is a new service program, and we welcome your recommendations and help. Please contact sa@apamsa.org for more information.