Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The diabetes epidemic among Native Americans in comparison to other races
by Henderson, Nathania Six, M.H.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 56; 1524201
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine why diabetes is persistent in Native Americans using demographic characteristics, physical activity, self-reported health status, socio-economic status, and race. This study used secondary data from the California Health Interview Survey. There were 47,614 adults who participated in the survey, of which 1,369 participants identified themselves as American Indians.

Chi square analysis was used to substantiate the association between diabetes in Native Americans with diet, exercise, obesity, self-reported health status, and socioeconomic status. Statistical test results found that there was an association between all independent variables suggesting that diabetes in Native Americans is more complex than other races. There were limitations to the study. due to the small number of Native Americans participating in the survey. A further study is recommended at a national level to look more closely at underlying causes of the persistence of diabetes in Native Americans.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Lawrence, Henry
Commitee: Reynolds, Grace, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition, Public health, Kinesiology, Health education, Native American studies
Keywords: American Indians, Diabetes, Diabetes epidemic, Native Americans, Navajo
Publication Number: 1524201
ISBN: 978-1-303-52178-2
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