Despite having lower average body weight, Asian Americans are more likely to have diabetes than Caucasians. Diabetes is a rapidly growing health challenge among Asians who have immigrated to the United States. It affects about 12 to 14% of Asian Americans; with 90 – 95 % being type 2 diabetes. Based on the UnitedHealthcare database in 2009, 38% of the Chinese American Medicare enrollees were diagnosed with diabetes.
According to a new analysis by UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform and Modernization, unless significant changes are made, more than half of all Americans could become diabetic or pre-diabetics by the year 2020. Without a major change in health trends, this will have a cumulative cost of $3.35 trillion. Researchers predict that diabetes and pre-diabetes will account for an estimated 10 percent of total healthcare spending by the end of the decade, almost $500 billion annually, up from an estimated $194 billion in 2010. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also recently released a report projecting that one in three Americans would have diabetes by 2050.
Since early detection of diagnosis and treatment of diabetes along with diabetes education can significantly reduce the risks of complications, establishing the Asian Diabetes Center in the New York Downtown area will help improve the quality of diabetic care for the Asian American Community.
Our goal is to create the best-rounded, comprehensive,and cultural sensitive service to each patient.
Asian Diabetes Center will provide comprehensive diabetes management and education programs that meet the needs of people with diabetes and their families. Our goal is to educate our patients with pre-diabetes and to treat uncontrolled diabetes to minimize complications. We will provide professional consultations from a variety of specialties, as well as group classes and teaching sessions for our patients. Education topics are cultural specific, which will include nutrition and exercise, diabetes, insulin pump therapy, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and much more.
Asian Diabetes Center will focus on each individual case. After consultation, each patient will be offered education in rehabilitation, nutrition and exercise as it relates to each particular case; or will be referred to other subspecialties if necessary for further evaluations. Once the patient’s diabetes control is improved or stabilized, the patient will be returned to the primary physician for medical follow up.
Asian Diabetes Center will provide the following services,among others:
- Preventive and Diabetes Management
- Endocrinology Consultations
- Ophthalmology Consultations and Retinal Examinations
- Podiatry Consultations ( include Vascular Doppler and Peripheral Neurological Testing )
- Diabetic Teaching and Seminars
- Nutritional / Dietitian Services
- Exercise and Obesity Counseling
- Nephrology Consultations
- Cardiovascular Evaluations and referrals
Asian Diabetes center will use the most advanced EMR ( eClinicWorks ) in order to secure the success and efficiency of the office. This technology is expected to increase the systematic approach for each patient , while at the same time decreasing errors and reporting risks.