Asian Americans Getting Diabetes Are Younger And Thinner Than Others: Experts
Growing scientific research is finding that Asians, in part for genetic reasons, are disproportionately likely to develop diabetes. Doctors are increasing testing and treatment for people of Chinese, Indian and Filipino descent. In other public health news, mosquitoes in the San Fernando Valley tested positive for West Nile.
Los Angeles Times:
Doctors' Message To Asian Americans: Watch Out For Diabetes Even If You're Young And Thin
The Silicon Valley techies visiting his office were typically slender Asian Americans in their 30s who worked out regularly and ate healthy meals. But, as Sinha repeatedly found, they either already had or were about to get diabetes. "It was such a discordance from what I'd learned about in medical school," Sinha said. "Maybe, I thought, this is just an anomaly." It wasn't. What Sinha noticed a decade ago is now supported by a growing body of scientific research: Asians, in part for genetic reasons, are disproportionately likely to develop diabetes. They get the disease at younger ages and lower weights than others, experts say. (Karlamangla, 4/19)
The Los Angeles Daily News:
San Fernando Valley Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus
California’s first West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes of the year were found in the San Fernando Valley, vector control officials announced Monday. The sample of infected mosquitoes was collected in a trap in Sun Valley, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. (Abram, 4/18)