Abstract

Introduction. South Asians have a high prevalence and early age of onset of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). We assess the potential of a culturally responsive intervention, health camps, to identify and inform U.S. South Asian community members at risk for CVD. Methods. We held four culturally and linguistically tailored health camps between October 2009 and November 2010 to educate participants about and screen for CVD risk factors, including diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. Data analysis was conducted in December 2010. Results. Nearly 300 (289) South Asians registered at the health camps: 20% reported a previous diagnosis of diabetes, 34% elevated blood pressure, and 22% hypercholesterolemia. Most (240) participants had their blood glucose measured; 13% had values >200 mg/dl. Most (265) had their blood pressure measured; 32% had elevated values. Over half (57%) of LDLs were <100 mg/dl. Discussion. Health camps are a potentially important component in addressing increased CVD risk in this vulnerable population.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 615-625
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-25
Open Access
No
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