Drs Richard Arakaki and Marjorie Mau, both endocrinologist with the University were, as Principal Investigator for a multi-center randomized controlled trial for the prevention of diabetes serves. The study was first, because it was found that a modest lifestyle intervention was more effective prevention of diabetes in those at high risk compared to the other two arms was completed.
Because of its unique geographical location and Hawaii large stable population of Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, has in recent research in diabetes on health inequalities that exist centered in these ethnic groups. Native Hawaiians, Filipinos, and Japanese are all 2 – times more likely to to have diabetes than Caucasians in Hawaii. More alarming are the death rates for diabetes in Native Hawaiians, 7 times more likely to have diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death listed on the data collected than Caucasians on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System are. Continue reading