Lifestyle Choices Fuel Epidemics of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Among Asian Indians Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1016/j.pcad.2015.08.010 PMID: 26277705 Web of Science: 000375822900006

Cited authors

  • O'Keefe, Evan L.; DiNicolantonio, James J.; Patil, Harshal; Helzberg, John H.; Lavie, Carl J.


  • Within the next 15 years, India is projected to overtake China as the world's most populous nation. Due to the rapid pace of urbanization and modernization fueling population growth, in conjunction with a genetic predisposition to insulin resistance, India is suffering a rising epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including coronary artery disease (CAD), type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and stroke. In addition to the genetic predisposition, major negative lifestyle factors are contributing to the alarming outbreak of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among the Asian Indian population; these factors include: 1) a diet high in added sugar, refined grains and other processed foods, 2) physical inactivity, 3) vitamin D deficiency (VDD), and 4) smoking/pollution. These risk factors are all highly modifiable, and steps to improve these issues should be taken urgently to avoid a worsening NCD crisis among the inhabitants of the South Asian subcontinent as well as for people with Asian Indian ethnicity worldwide. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication date

  • 2016

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-0620

Start page

  • 505

End page

  • 513


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