Asian Diabetes: Cause, Challenges, and Health Care Reform

Type-2 diabetes (T2D) affects more than 300 million people worldwide and accounts for close to half a trillion dollars annual burden on the world economy. Asian Indians are twice as likely to develop T2D compared with the general population in the United States. Diabetes in the Asian population (Asian diabetes) epitomizes our current struggle in providing adequate care for chronic diseases because of human, social, and economic challenges.