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Leading causes of death in Asian Indians in the United States (2005-2017). PloS one Fernandez Perez, C., Xi, K., Simha, A., Shah, N. S., Huang, R. J., Palaniappan, L., Chung, S., Au, T., Sharp, N., Islas, N., Srinivasan, M. 2022; 17 (8): e0271375


OBJECTIVE: Asian Indians are among the fastest growing United States (US) ethnic subgroups. We characterized mortality trends for leading causes of death among foreign-born and US-born Asian Indians in the US between 2005-2017.STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Using US standardized death certificate data, we examined leading causes of death in 73,470 Asian Indians and 20,496,189 non-Hispanic whites (NHWs) across age, gender, and nativity. For each cause, we report age-standardized mortality rates (AMR), longitudinal trends, and absolute percent change (APC).RESULTS: We found that Asian Indians' leading causes of death were heart disease (28% mortality males; 24% females) and cancer (18% males; 22% females). Foreign-born Asian Indians had higher all-cause AMR compared to US-born (AMR 271 foreign-born, CI 263-280; 175.8 US-born, CI 140-221; p<0.05), while Asian Indian all-cause AMR was lower than that of NHWs (AMR 271 Indian, CI 263-278; 754.4 NHW, CI 753.3-755.5; p<0.05). All-cause AMR increased for foreign-born Asian Indians over time, while decreasing for US-born Asian Indians and NHWs.CONCLUSIONS: Foreign-born Asian Indians were 2.2 times more likely to die of heart disease and 1.6 times more likely to die of cancer. Asian Indian male AMR was 49% greater than female on average, although AMR was consistently lower for Asian Indians when compared to NHWs.

View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0271375

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