We compared rates of diabetes and prediabetes between U.S. South Asians in MASALA with Indians living in Chennai, India.  We found that diabetes rates are:

  • higher in India (38% in India vs. 24% in MASALA),
  • but that prediabetes rates are higher in the U.S. (33% in MASALA vs. 24% in India).
  • There is a growing burden of diabetes in India.
  • It appears that South Asians in the U.S. have started making some healthy lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

We know that walking 30 minutes/day and losing 5-7% of your body weight can help prevent or delay development of diabetes.