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Diabetes affects American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) disproportionately
compared with other racial/ethnic populations1 and has been increasing
in prevalence in AI/AN populations during the past 16 years.1,2 To
examine trends in diabetes prevalence among AI/ANs and the overall U.S. population
and to describe disparities among these two populations, CDC analyzed data
from the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance
System (BRFSS). This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which
indicate that diabetes continues to affect AI/ANs disproportionately and is
becoming more common among younger populations. To combat this epidemic, knowledge
and interventions from clinical trials and best-practice models should be
translated to community-based prevention programs within AI/AN communities.
Diabetes Prevalence Among American Indians and Alaska Natives and the
Overall Population—United States, 1994-2002. JAMA. 2003;290(12):1571–1573. doi:10.1001/jama.290.12.1571
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