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Am J Public Health. 2002 Sep;92(9):1485-90.

Trends in diabetes prevalence among American Indian and Alaska native children, adolescents, and young adults.

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Indian Health Service, Rockville, MD, USA.

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  • Am J Public Health 2002 Nov;92(11):1709.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study determined trends in diabetes prevalence among young American Indians and Alaska Natives.

METHODS:

American Indian and Alaska Native children (< 15 years), adolescents (15-19 years), and young adults (20-34 years) with diabetes were identified from the Indian Health Service (IHS) outpatient database. The population living within IHS contract health service delivery areas was determined from census data.

RESULTS:

From 1990 to 1998, the total number of young American Indians and Alaska Natives with diagnosed diabetes increased by 71% (4534 to 7736); prevalence increased by 46% (6.4 per 1000 to 9.3 per 1000 population). Increases in prevalence were greater among adolescents and among young men.

CONCLUSIONS:

Diabetes should be considered a major public health problem among young American Indians and Alaska Natives.

PMID:
12197981
PMCID:
PMC1447266
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.92.9.1485
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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