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Report: Utah Indians suffer health disparities

Report: Utah Indians suffer health disparities

Posted - Mar. 19, 2009 at 12:02 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- 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 released Thursday shows more than 11 percent of the state's American Indian population has diabetes. The average for all Utahns 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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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