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    The Pan Asian Cohort Study

    South Asian Country GlobeWelcome! The Pan Asian Cohort Study is a five-year study designed to examine diabetes and its risk factors among Asian Americans by specific race/ethnicity. It is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.


    The Pan Asian Cohort Study will examine diabetes screening, risk and care among Asian Americans to gather information about diabetes disparities and to inform clinical decision-making regarding screening and healthcare for Asian Americans. Asian Americans have already been shown to have higher diabetes risk than Whites, but studies have always aggregated Asian racial and ethnic subgroups, which may mask significant differences with clinical impact among Asian subgroups. We will compare six Asian ethnic populations (Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese) to each other and also to Whites.

    Our specific aims are to compare screening rates and prevalence of pre-diabetes, diabetes, and diabetic complications across Asian subgroups and between Asian subgroups. We will also be looking at associations between Body Mass Index (BMI) and pre-diabetes, diabetes, and diabetic complications among the same populations to see if they vary by ethnic group. We will be following this cohort over time to determine incidence rates and predictors for pre-diabetes, diabetes, and diabetic complications.

    Male Findings

    Women Findings

    Age-and-BMI-adjusted prevalence with 95% confidence intervals. + = statistically significantly different than Non-Hispanic White at the 0.0001 level. * = statistically significantly different than Asian (all) at the 0.0001 level.