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Arizona Researchers Study Diabetes in Pima Indians

Navajo-Hopi Observer, News Report, Posted: Oct 28, 2009

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University-led researchers received federal funding to continue the longest-running study on obesity and Type 2 diabetes, reports the Navajo-Hopi Observer. A related study has shown that Pima Indians in Arizona, who have a diet and lifestyle similar to most Americans, have a much higher rate of diabetes than the national average, making them the most diabetes-prone group in the world.

The Arizona Pima Indians have been genetically linked to a village of Pima Indians living a more traditional lifestyle in a remote, mountainous region of Mexico. A 1995 study of the Mexican Pimas revealed only a rare occurrence of diabetes. The researchers will return to the Mexican village this fall to study the relationship between the Mexican Pima Indians' increasingly "westernized" lifestyle and their genetic predisposition for obesity and diabetes.

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