Treatment and Care for American Indians/Alaska Natives

Consider these sobering statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service:

  • 2.2 times higher— Likelihood of American Indians and Alaska Natives to have diabetes compared with non-Hispanic whites
  • 68%— Percent increase in diabetes from 1994 to 2004 in American Indian and Alaska Native youth aged 15-19 years
  • 95%— Percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives with diabetes who have type 2 diabetes (as opposed to type 1 diabetes)
  • 30% — Estimated percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives who have pre-diabetes

American Indians and Alaska Natives are clearly at greater risk. Educate yourself on how to prevent type 2 diabetes if you don't have it now, or how to effectively treat it if you've been diagnosed.

Learn about the American Diabetes Association's programs designed for the American Indian/Alaska Native community.

  • Last Reviewed: October 3, 2013
  • Last Edited: April 1, 2014

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