Heart Disease Among Asian Indians In America
- By Sam George
- Published 02/3/2008
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
www.UrbanIndia.org Sam George and his wife, Mary have spoken at premarital and family events in many countries. They are parents of two boys and make their home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Sam is the author of the book “Understanding the Coconut Generation: Ministry to the Americanized Asian Indians." Check out this website www.CoconutGeneration.com Coconut (brown on the outside, white on the inside) is a metaphor for the Americanized Asian Indians. Sam George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart Disease among Indians is almost two to four times that of any ethnic community in the world. Consider these reserach finding: (Source: CADI Research Foundation)
* The death rates from Coronary Artery Disease among overseas Asian Indians have been 50% to 300% higher than Americans, Europeans, Chinese, and Japanese, irrespective of gender, religion, or social class.
* Among those younger than 30 years of age, the CAD mortality among Asian Indians is 3-fold higher than Whites in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and 10-fold higher than Chinese in Singapore.
* About 50% of all heart attacks among Asian Indian men occur under the age of 55 and 25% under the age of 40, unheard of in any other population.
* Asian Indian women have a higher death rate from CAD than women of all other ethnic origins in the U.K., South Africa, Canada, Singapore, Fiji, Mauritius, Uganda, and Trinidad.
* By 2010, 60 per cent of the world’s cardiac patients will be Indian.
Read one chapter (Heart Diesease among Indians living abroad) of the book by Dr. Enas - How to beat heart disease epidemic among South Asians. Interesting that he calls this a epipdemic of enormous propotion!
How does this matter to youth work? Many of the coconuts are going to be faced with the reality that their parent are going to have heart attacks. What would be our responsibility toward our elderly parents? There is a sense of invincibility during youthful days - this will never happen to me. Also true of success driven immgrant generation, who think they can conquer any challenges. But this epimedic is sure to come our way. Are we ready?
The second generation has also inherited heart disease prone genes, foodhabits and lifestyles. Couple of weeks ago, one of my friend had a heart attack. Last year, I lost two of my buddies to cadriac arrest and high cholestrol. What should our response be? Something to think about, I guess!