Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Improve understanding of cardiometabolic health in Asian Americans

We are only now beginning to recognize that certain Asian American subpopulations are at high risk for cardiometabolic (CM) disorders thanks to recent ethnicity-specific studies (e.g., MASALA study). For the most part, however, our understanding of CM risk in Asian Americans is based on aggregated data. Further, a perception remains that other, understudied groups (e.g., Chinese Americans) are at low risk because of their low levels of obesity. Data from China suggest otherwise. A compelling question for us to address is: what is the level of CM risk in subpopulations of Asian Americans, and what can be done, at environmental and individual levels, to improve health trajectories in these populations?

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