Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) patients should talk to their health care providers about diabetes and routine screening. Diabetes is a serious health concern, with Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations especially at risk. There is a startling 47% diabetes prevalence in American Samoans, 20% diabetes prevalence in Native Hawaiians, and 10% among Asian Americans, compared with 8% of the US general population.
Although Asian Americans have a lower body weight, they are twice as likely to develop diabetes compared to Caucasian Americans. Even a small amount of weight gain above Western standards greatly increases the risk of developing diabetes; the accepted standard for BMI is not, therefore, a good benchmark for people of Asian descent to measure risk for developing the disease.
During regular annual check-up, patients should ask for screenings for diabetes, which are critical to prevention, early detection, and better health outcomes.
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Routine screening and vaccination for Hepatitis B is vital for Asian and Pacific Islanders, and a crucial component of good primary care. A one-time check of HBsAg and HBsAb should be done for all Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants. With over 250 million Asians infected worldwide, many pass Hepatitis B to their children unknowingly. Unaware that they have been infected, one out of 12 Asians and Pacific Islanders lives with this chronic infection that, if not monitored, could lead to liver cancer or liver failure.
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