Aayush Visaria, Sumaiya Islam, Pooja Polamarasetti, Joel James, Priyanka Raju, Akarsh Sharma, Karen K. Khangura, Rajat Thawani, and Sunita Dodani recently published the following study in Preventive Medicine: “Hypertension, diabetes, and corresponding annual clinical testing utilization: Comparison between Asian Indians and other races/ethnicities.“
Asian Indians are at increased risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases. We sought to determine differences between Asian Indians and other races/ethnicities in hypertension and diabetes prevalence and associated annual blood pressure (BP) and fasting blood glucose (FBG) testing. A total of 257,652 adults ≥18 years from the 2011–2018 U.S. National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) were included. Predictors of testing in Asian Indians included older age, doctor’s visit, graduate-level education, insurance coverage, and history of hypertension or diabetes. Asian Indians have higher odds of diabetes and hypertension than NHWs and higher, but relatively lower, odds of FBG and BP testing. Increasing routine BP and FBG testing in Asian Indians in younger adults may allow for earlier detection of high-risk individuals.
Original Article: Visaria, Aayush, et al. “Hypertension, diabetes, and corresponding annual clinical testing utilization: Comparison between Asian Indians and other races/ethnicities.” Preventive Medicine (2021) doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106761.