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.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Current as of December 2007