Thursday, March 13, 2014

APIs are generally a healthy bunch

Basically, you’re as healthy as you can afford to be.

Like every subgroup, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have health concerns specific to them, often connected to immigrant or refugee status, income, access to health care, and, of course, genetics.

Some of the most noticeable health issues for the API community are hepatitis B and tuberculosis, said Sunshine Monastrial, senior planning and evaluation analyst for International Community Health Services (ICHS), mainly because it’s more of an issue in their home countries.

“One in 12 Asians are impacted by hepatitis B,” said Monastrial, “and two out of the three who have it are not aware they have it. Catching it early is important because it can lead to liver cancer.” Nationally, Asians make up about half the hepatitis cases, she added.

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