Type 2 Diabetes in Asian Americans

The number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is growing in the Asian population. For example, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is 2 to 3 times higher among Japanese Americans living in Seattle compared with non-Latino whites. The prevalence is 2.5 times higher among Native Hawaiians compared to white residents of Hawaii.

This is due to the food choices of some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which have changed due to their migration to the United States and to modern times. Instead of their traditional plant- and fish-based diets, they are choosing foods with more animal protein, animal fats, and processed carbohydrates. (In addition, they have become less physically active. As a result, their chances of developing diabetes have increased.)  It is important for Asians to maintain an active lifestyle while adapting to the fast-food way of life in the United States.