Asian American? There's new help to fight diabetes

By Peggy J. Noonan - | 10/22/2010, 7 a.m.


Asian Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to develop type 2 diabetes, but resources tailored to their needs have been lacking.

Now, culturally appropriate information and interactive tools are available on the newly upgraded Asian American Diabetes Initiative website, through the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

Information appears in English, Chinese or Japanese. The site (aadi.joslin.org) includes:

Ask the expert. A Q&A forum staffed by physicians and other health care providers, educators and other experts in Asian-American diabetes care.

Wok. An interactive tool to aid meal planning and diet management by providing nutrition information on ingredients in Asian cooking.

Asian BMI. A body mass index (BMI) calculator and weight chart, with risk differences listed by height, weight and BMI for Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and others.

Education materials. English, Chinese or Japanese information for Asian diabetic patients on topics such as "preventing diabetes complication" and "snack ideas," plus information for health care professionals.

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