Resources for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) have higher

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rates of diabetes than non-Hispanic white Americans. Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death for these populations. Statistics from 2010-2012 show that 16.5 percent of Asian American adults had diabetes, compared to 9.5 percent of non-Hispanic whites.

  • Diabetes rates among Asian Americans vary widely. Filipino or South Asian Americans are more likely to have diabetes than other Asian Americans.
  • Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are 2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.
  • Nationwide, as many as 1 in 4 people who have diabetes don’t know they have it. But for Asian Americans, that number is much higher – almost 1 in 2. Why aren’t more getting diagnosed? It may be because Asian Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes at a lower weight than others (as measured by body mass index), and overweight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Because of this, it is recommended that Asian Americans be screened for diabetes if they have a BMI of 23 or higher, instead of 25 or higher recommended for other groups.

NDEP has designed diabetes prevention and management resources specifically for AANHPI communities. These resources can be used by community health workers, diabetes educators, and health care providers to meet the needs of these groups.

Diabetes Management

4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life
Help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is especially useful for people newly diagnosed with diabetes and is available in a wide variety of languages including:
Bengali pdf icon[PDF – 1M], Chinese pdf icon[PDF – 1M], Chuukese pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]Gujarati pdf icon[PDF – 1M], Hindi pdf icon[PDF – 1M], Korean pdf icon[PDF – 1M], Marshallese pdf icon[PDF – 4 MB], Pohnpeian pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB], Samoan pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB], Tagalog pdf icon[PDF – 1M], Urdu pdf icon[PDF – 2M], Vietnamese pdf icon[PDF – 1M], Tongan pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB], and an English/Multi-Language Compliant pdf icon[PDF – 1M] version

Taking Care of Your Diabetes Means Taking Care of Your Heart Tip Sheetexternal icon
Encourage patients with diabetes to work with their health care team to set goals to manage A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol to prevent heart problems. The tip sheet also has a form for tracking A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers.
Available for download in the following languages:
Englishpdf iconexternal icon, Cambodianpdf iconexternal icon, Chamorropdf iconexternal icon, Chinesepdf iconexternal icon, Chuukesepdf iconexternal icon, Gujaratipdf iconexternal icon, Hindipdf iconexternal icon, Hmongpdf iconexternal icon, Japanesepdf iconexternal icon, Koreanpdf iconexternal icon, Laotianpdf iconexternal icon, Samoanpdf iconexternal icon, Tagalogpdf iconexternal icon, Thaipdf iconexternal icon, Tonganpdf iconexternal icon, Vietnamesepdf iconexternal icon

Choosing Healthy Foods at Holidays and Special Occasions
These English language tip sheets provide ideas for making healthy choices at celebrations and holidays. Available for download for the following groups:
Chinese Americans pdf icon[PDF – 170K]
Filipino Americans pdf icon[PDF – 161K]
Korean Americans pdf icon[PDF – 170K]
South Asian Americans pdf icon[PDF – 183K]
Southeast Asian Americans pdf icon[PDF – 174K]


Capacity Building for Diabetes Outreach: A Comprehensive Toolkit for Organizations Serving Asian and Pacific Islander Communities pdf icon[PDF-18.1MB]
Strengthen your organization’s capacity by building skills in eight core areas including community assessment, evaluation, and building partnerships. The worksheets and tools can work in any community.

Promotional Materials

Managing Diabetes: Sorcy’s Story
This video (with transcript and subtitles) features Sorcy, a Filipina American, telling her story about managing her diabetes. Also learn how she’s trying to help her daughters prevent diabetes themselves. Use the print advertisement to promote this resource.

Page last reviewed: April 16, 2018