Table of Contents
ISRN Public Health
Volume 2012, Article ID 198983, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/198983
Review Article

Highlighting Resources to Study Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in US Immigrants

1The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43205, USA
2Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

Received 14 November 2011; Accepted 22 December 2011

Academic Editors: M. Askarian, S. Gallus, and E. Lazcano-Ponce

Copyright © 2012 Reena Oza-Frank and Solveig A. Cunningham. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

International migration is at an all-time high, with the largest numbers migrating to the US, making this an ideal setting to study migrant health. While previous studies have shown that foreign-born individuals in the US tend to be in better health than the native born with regard to several health outcomes, less is known about such advantages in terms of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are some of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In this paper, we highlight the main existing resources available for the study of cardiometabolic health among US immigrants that researchers have yet to fully utilize. Despite the limited literature on migration and cardiovascular disease and diabetes, there are several data sources that can be used to better understand the importance of location exposures and of predispositions to these diseases.