Report: Utah Indians suffer health disparities

Salt Lake City, Utah  (AP) 3-09

The Utah Department of Health says the state’s American Indians are disproportionally affected by chronic health problems such as diabetes and asthma.

A report recently released shows more than 11 percent of the state’s American Indian population has diabetes. The average for all Utahans is about 6 percent.

Rates of asthma and smoking among American Indians are also above the state average.

The report says Utah’s American Indian population also has lower rates of health care coverage, prenatal care and physical activity.

American Indians make up about 1.7 percent of the state population.

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