Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Diabetes and American Indians

Wouldn’t it be great if fighting diabetes was as simple as eating better and taking medication? But it’s not that easy, particularly among American Indians, who have the highest prevalence of the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indians have a 17% incidence rate of diabetes, the highest among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

Mugur Geana, associate professor of journalism and director of the Center for Excellence in Health Communication to Underserved Populations at The University of Kansas, is the principal investigator for a study that will use a web application to deliver tailored health information about best practices in diabetes management to two American Indian communities in Kansas: Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation in Kansas and the Iowa tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.

The web application was developed by Geana, according to a news release. The grant is funded by the Center for Diabetes Translation Research from the Washington University in St. Louis.

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