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Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2016

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair

Dr. David Gee

Second Committee Member

Dr. Nicole Stendell-Hollis

Third Committee Member

Dr. Cen Tsong Lin


There is limited information about diabetes prevalence among Asian Americans. Diabetes risk factors include abdominal obesity (AO), which can be assessed by measuring waist circumference (WC) or waist-to-height-ratio (WHtR). The purpose of this study was to compare the prevalence of diabetes among Asians with non-Asians in the United States and compare WC and WHtR as predictors of diabetes. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011-14 was analyzed using SAS 9.2. There were 8,615 adult non-pregnant non-Asians and 1,224 Asians included in this study. Despite a lower prevalence of obesity among Asians compared to non-Asians (12% vs 38%, p

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