Nutritional Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes in the Multiethnic Cohort

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Principal Investigator: Gertraud Maskarinec
Affiliation: University of Hawaii
Country: USA
Abstract: The risk to develop type 2 diabetes is considerably higher among individuals with ethnic backgrounds other than Caucasian. Native Hawaiians experience an extremely high risk for diabetes and Japanese-Americans also suffer a disproportionate rate of the disease despite their relatively low body weight. The importance of body weight and nutritional composition appears to differ by ethnic background. The Multiethnic Cohort (MEC) was established in 1993-96 to investigate diet and cancer among different ethnic groups. The Hawaii component consists of 103,898 individuals 40 years and older, primarily of Caucasian, Japanese, and Native Hawaiian ancestry. Participants entered the study by completing a self-administered mailed survey that included a quantitative food frequency questionnaire. The data show substantial variations in dietary intakes and non-dietary risk factors both within and among ethnic groups. The specific aims of this project are to link the MEC with registries from the two major insurers in Hawaii that identify patients with a confirmed diagnosis of diabetes; to estimate the current prevalence and the annual incidence of diabetes among Caucasians, Japanese, and Native Hawaiians in the MEC; examine the association of overweight, obesity, adult weight change, waist circumference, physical activity, excess energy intake, dietary fiber, glycemic index, and dietary patterns with the occurrence of diabetes; and explore the differential role of these anthropometric, behavioral, and nutritional factors by ethnicity among Caucasian, Japanese, and Native Hawaiian study subjects. Two health plans in Hawaii cover an estimated 90% of MEC members and maintain diabetes registries. Through a probability based linkage procedure using name, sex, date of birth, and ZIP code of residence, these diagnoses will be added to the MEC data base. A linking protocol that agrees with current privacy rules and maintains the confidentiality of all health records will be developed. We expect a linked dataset with approximately 16,000 cohort members who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; of those, 7,000 are estimated to be new cases diagnosed since entry into the cohort. We will apply Cox's regression to determine the relative risk of developing diabetes since entry into the cohort associated with overweight, obesity, weight gain, physical activity, excess energy intake, dietary fiber, glycemic index, and dietary patterns while adjusting for confounding variables and stratifying by sex and ethnicity. The epidemic of diabetes leads to a large number of premature deaths. This project will make a contribution to the prevention of this disease that not only carries a huge burden of morbidity and mortality by itself, but also predisposes its carriers to cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions, in particular among Native Hawaiians and Asian-Americans. A better understanding of dietary and behavioral factors related to excess body weight and diabetes in Japanese and Native Hawaiians will help in developing preventive strategies to modify lifestyle factors.
Funding Period: 2007-05-01 - 2009-04-30
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. ncbi Diabetes incidence based on linkages with health plans: the multiethnic cohort
    Gertraud Maskarinec
    Cancer Research Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    Diabetes 58:1732-8. 2009
  2. ncbi Diabetes prevalence and body mass index differ by ethnicity: the Multiethnic Cohort
    Gertraud Maskarinec
    Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, 1236 Lauhala St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
    Ethn Dis 19:49-55. 2009
  3. ncbi Dietary fiber, magnesium, and glycemic load alter risk of type 2 diabetes in a multiethnic cohort in Hawaii
    Beth N Hopping
    Department of Epidemiology, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
    J Nutr 140:68-74. 2010

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  1. ncbi Diabetes incidence based on linkages with health plans: the multiethnic cohort
    Gertraud Maskarinec
    Cancer Research Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    Diabetes 58:1732-8. 2009
    ..Using the Hawaii component of the Multiethnic Cohort (MEC), we estimated diabetes incidence among Caucasians, Japanese Americans, and Native Hawaiians...
  2. ncbi Diabetes prevalence and body mass index differ by ethnicity: the Multiethnic Cohort
    Gertraud Maskarinec
    Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, 1236 Lauhala St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
    Ethn Dis 19:49-55. 2009
    ..The objectives of this study were to estimate the prevalence of diabetes among participants of the Multiethnic Cohort (MEC) and to examine the association of body mass index (BMI) with self-reported diabetes by ethnicity...
  3. ncbi Dietary fiber, magnesium, and glycemic load alter risk of type 2 diabetes in a multiethnic cohort in Hawaii
    Beth N Hopping
    Department of Epidemiology, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
    J Nutr 140:68-74. 2010
    ..These findings suggest that protection against diabetes can be achieved through food choices after taking into account body weight, but, due to differences in commonly consumed foods, risk estimates may differ by ethnic group...