Critical Health Issues Impacting Asian Indian Americans

Chapter

Abstract

Asian Indians or Indian Americans claim their ancestry from India, the second most populous country in the world. Immigrant Asian Indians represent the third largest Asian subgroup in the US. They are a diverse and heterogeneous group based on a variety of religions, languages, socio-economic status, and cultures. Indian Americans are at higher risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Lifestyle changes that occurs with acculturation to the westernized lifestyle has resulted in an increase in obesity and health problems in this immigrant group. This chapter will provide a brief overview of Asian Indian immigration history to the U.S. and will also provide an overview of the current health issues and concerns facing the Indian American community today.

Keywords

Obesity Migration Carbohydrate Leukemia Insurance Coverage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health and Kinesiology, Center for the Study of Health Disparities (CSHD)Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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