Cardiovascular Disease & Cancer Risk Among South Asians: Impact of Sociocultural Influences on Lifestyle and Behavior

Namratha Kandula, Munerah Ahmed, Sunita Dodani, Leena Gupta, Paromita Hore, Alka Kanaya, Aijaz Khowaja, Ashish Mathur, Darshan Mehta, Ranjita Misra, Muhammad Paracha, Nazleen Bharmal, Mira Aghhi, Jennifer Leng, Francesca Gany*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A comprehensive literature review revealed cultural beliefs, societal obligations, and gender roles within the South Asian community to be indirect contributors to the health of South Asian immigrants (SAIs). Health professionals need to increase their work with SAI communities to change less beneficial cultural elements such as misconceptions about health and exercise, and lack of communication when using alternative medicines. Community engaged efforts and continuing medical education are both needed to improve the health of the South Asian immigrant population in a culturally appropriate manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

Keywords

  • Behaviour
  • Cancer risk
  • Cardiovascular disease risk
  • Culture
  • Lifestyle
  • South Asian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Kandula, N., Ahmed, M., Dodani, S., Gupta, L., Hore, P., Kanaya, A., Khowaja, A., Mathur, A., Mehta, D., Misra, R., Paracha, M., Bharmal, N., Aghhi, M., Leng, J., & Gany, F. (2019). Cardiovascular Disease & Cancer Risk Among South Asians: Impact of Sociocultural Influences on Lifestyle and Behavior. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 21, 15-25. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-017-0578-4