American Diabetes Assoc. Awards Grant to PAMF Research Institute
PAMFRI to Study Gestational Diabetes Among Asian Americans
Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) have received a $300,000 grant from the American Diabetes Association to conduct a three-year study on gestational diabetes among Asian Americans.
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (glucose) that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes may have increased perinatal health risks and are also at increased risk for the later development of type 2 diabetes. Although Asian Americans have the highest rates of gestational diabetes in the United States, there is limited information regarding racial/ethnic differences in gestational diabetes among Asian American subgroups (Asian Indians, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese), compared to Non-Hispanic Whites.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, with a population of more than 14 million – and this figure is projected to reach nearly 34 million by 2050. At the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), Asian Americans comprise the largest racial/ethnic minority group of all patients.
The Gestational Diabetes Study seeks to better understand specific racial/ethnic differences in risk factors for gestational diabetes, problems associated with gestational diabetes, and the progression of women to type 2 diabetes following a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes.
“Gestational diabetes is one of the most common clinical issues of pregnancy and can have adverse effects for both mother and child,” said Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S., principal investigator for the study. “This study will allow us to gain a better understanding of the predictors and problems associated with gestational diabetes among Asian Americans.”
The Gestational Diabetes Study will fill an important knowledge gap for racial/ethnic differences in gestational diabetes and provide targeted research directions and the evidence needed to develop clinical interventions, and public health guidance for gestational diabetes among Asian Americans.
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