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Chronic diseases more prevalent in some minority groups

Posted On Wed, August 18, 2010

Some people naturally age better than others. Taking care of one's self can help people get better rates on their life insurance and lead healthier lives. Unfortunately, some groups are more at risk for not aging well.

An analysis of the California Health Interview Survey shows that American Indians and Alaska Natives, or AIANs, are at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases compared to the rest of the population.

Obesity is one condition where there is a large disparity among ethnic groups. The research reveals that 44 percent of AIAN seniors are considered obese, compared to a quarter of white people in the same age bracket.

Being overweight or obese has major health ramifications including increasing one's risk of developing life-threatening heart conditions and some forms of cancer.

Researcher Delight Satter is optimistic that the research will help lead to positive healthcare changes.

"Hopefully the data will also be a rallying call to health experts, advocates, policymakers and the native community to support the programs and policies that contribute to healthier aging," Satter said.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19925490-ADNFCR

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