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American Indians/Alaska Natives

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American Indians/Alaska Natives. Other leading causes of death include cancer, injuries, diabetes, and stroke.

Diabetes is a serious health problem for American Indians/Alaska Natives in the U.S. They are 2.2 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.  Rates for risk factors for diabetes including smoking and being overweight and obese are high for American Indian/Alaska Natives.

Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death for American Indian/Alaska Natives ages 1– 44. Most of these deaths are caused by traffic accidents and poisoning.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Current as of December 2007

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