indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
Study urges accurate diagnosis of diabetes
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

A study of young American Indians in Montana and Wyoming found that diabetes diagnoses among this critical population were only accurate about half of the time.

Based on an assessment of an Indian Health Service (IHS) database, researchers found that American Indians under the age of 20 were more likely to be misdiagnosed if they only received one health-care visit. Of 93 young Indians believed to have diabetes, 43 percent did not actually have it.

But for young Indians who received at least two health-care visits, the diagnoses were much more accurate, researchers discovered. Among this group of 61, only 20 percent did not have diabetes.

Misclassification doesn't have a major impact on the diabetes rates for young Indians nationally, the researchers noted. Even with the inaccurate diagnoses, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes for Indians under the age of 20 remains less than 5 cases per 1,000.

But since Type 2 diabetes is increasing among young Indians, "accurate surveillance is important to monitor trends in diabetes prevalence," they wrote. Their study, a joint effort of the IHS in Billings and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last month.

Among adult American Indians and Alaska Natives, Type 2 diabetes shows up at incredibly high rates. For some tribes, most notably the Pimas of Arizona, upwards of half of the adult population has the disease, which can lead to kidney problems, amputation, blindness and other ailments.

In recent years, researchers have noticed that the disease is showing up in younger Natives. According to a 2000 CDC report, the prevalence rate was 4.5 per 1,000 young Indians. The rate among non-Native youth was 1.7 per 1,000.

At a recent consultation meeting with federal officials, Alvin Windy Boy, chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, documented an explosion in the disease. He said there was a 25 percent increase among young Indians since 1990.

The rates will continue to rise, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned last month. Early diagnosis, preventive efforts and collaborative care are needed to combat the disease, the group said.

Diabetes is a condition that results when the body can't use energy from food properly, resulting in fatigue, increased appetite, nausea, increased thirst and blurred vision.

Until the early 1900s, it was almost unheard of among Native Americans. Health researchers believe an adequate diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle are key to prevention and treatment.

Billings Area Study:
Diabetes Among Young American Indians --- Montana and Wyoming, 2000--2002 (November 21, 2003)

American Academy of Pediatrics Study:
Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Children, With Special Emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native Children (October 2003)

Relevant Links:
Diabetes, Yahoo Health - http://health.yahoo.com/health/centers/diabetes

Related Stories:
Study warns of rise in diabetes among Native youth (12/04)
Survey finds heavy health burden on Indian population (12/01)
Democrats lay out plan for minority and Indian health (10/22)
Daschle: Improve Health Care in Indian Country (10/15)
Health studies show Indian Country disparities (08/01)
Diabetes rates explode in Indian Country (05/07)
Tribes told to explore health funding options (02/05)
Indian Country receives diabetes grants (12/11)
Congress approves $750M for Indian diabetes (11/21)
Americans, young and old, are getting fatter (10/09)
Screenings urged for new diabetes condition (3/28)
Diabetes: Eat less, Exercise more (8/9)
Diabetes epidemic cited nationwide (1/29)
Most Americans considered overweight (12/15)
Diabetes in children increases (08/25)

Copyright 2000-2003 Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Eyapaha Today: Oneida singer follows in mother's footsteps (10/22)
Native Sun News: Candidate seeks investigation into program (10/22)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota people disrespect our language (10/22)
Cedric Sunray: Standing together to fight tribal disenrollment (10/22)
SCIA to hold listening session at NCAI on Indian education bill (10/22)
FNDI urges passage for Indian Teacher Loan Forgiveness Act (10/22)
Chumash Tribe praises BIA movement on land-into-trust bid (10/22)
Steven Newcomb: The role of Latin in empire and colonization (10/22)
Christopher Chavis: Navajo court got it wrong in fluency case (10/22)
Navajo Nation presidential hopeful to be removed from ballot (10/22)
Aging BIA school on Navajo Nation awaits replacement funds (10/22)
Review: NMAI treaties exhibit underscores misunderstandings (10/22)
Alaska Native elders and youth share issues at annual meeting (10/22)
Shinnecock Nation allows felons to hold office in certain cases (10/22)
2nd Circuit hears appeal from former chairman of Pequot Tribe (10/22)
Rep. Don Young criticized for comments to high school students (10/22)
Candidates differ on Spokane Tribe's off-reservation casino bid (10/22)
Poarch Creeks to add hotel to casino with $65M expansion plan (10/22)
Salt River Tribe concerned about Tohono O'odham Nation casino (10/22)
North Fork Rancheria blames rival tribes for holding up compact (10/22)
Ballot proposal authorizes more Class III games in South Dakota (10/22)
Blog: Predictions for gaming with Hillary Clinton in White House (10/22)
Native Sun News: Activists take annual swim to Alcatraz Island (10/21)
Mark Trahant: Alaska Natives ready for conference and election (10/21)
BIA announces consultations for secretarial election regulation (10/21)
Chelsey Luger & Gyasi Ross: From slow suicide to slow healing (10/21)
Bill John Baker: Addressing breast cancer in our communities (10/21)
ICT interview with Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn of BIA (10/21)
Navajo Nation court still mulling decision in presidential case (10/21)
Column: Billy Mills still inspires 50 years after Olympic victory (10/21)
Editorial: Winnebago Tribe's business makes a big contribution (10/21)
Lincoln Indian Center adopts permanent alcohol ban after party (10/21)
Suquamish Tribe shares fish from hatchery at annual giveaway (10/21)
Editorial: Bad move by Northern Arapaho Tribe on joint council (10/21)
Wisconsin court to hear appeal over Oneida Nation waste plant (10/21)
Coeur d'Alene Tribe reaches out to family that lost home to fire (10/21)
Closure of Chukchansi Tribe's casino affects reservation water (10/21)
Eastern Shawnee Tribe considers casino on ancestral Ohio site (10/21)
Town meeting for Lac Vieux Desert Band off-reservation casino (10/21)
North Fork Rancheria won't give up off-reservation casino plan (10/21)
Tohono O'odham Nation was looking for off-reservation casino (10/21)
Poarch Creeks won't confirm or deny talks for gaming compact (10/21)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.