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Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Diseases in Korean Americans and Native Koreans Undergoing Health Checkup

 So Young Jo  ;  Hyojin Park  ;  Byoung Kwon Lee  ;  Su Jung Baik  ;  Hyun Ju Lee  ;  Yoo Mi Park 
 Korean Journal of Family Medicine (가정의학회지), Vol.40(6) : 388-394, 2019 
Journal Title
 Korean Journal of Family Medicine (가정의학회지) 
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Disease ; Health Status ; Korean Americans ; Screening
BACKGROUND: Korean Americans constitute the fifth largest subgroup in the Asian American population. Despite their increasing population, research and guidelines regarding their health status assessment and disease screening are lacking. This study aimed to compare the prevalence of diseases in Korean Americans and native Koreans to determine the risk factors and guidelines for disease screening. METHODS: Patients who visited the Gangnam Severance Hospital from February 2010 to May 2015 for a health checkup were enrolled in this study. Baseline characteristics, laboratory data, and the organs (stomach, colon, thyroid, brain, prostate, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, adrenal gland, and heart) of patients were examined. Data regarding patients' dietary patterns were also obtained. Overall, 1,514 Korean Americans (group 1) and 1,514 native Koreans (group 2) were enrolled. RESULTS: The following diseases were more prevalent in group 1 than in group 2: reflux esophagitis (12.9% vs. 10%), gastric ulcer (3.0% vs. 5.5%), colorectal polyp (37.7% vs. 28.7%), hemorrhoids (32.2% vs. 29.9%), and benign prostatic hyperplasia (30.2% vs. 14.3%). Although not statistically significant, coronary artery disease has a high prevalence rate of >20% in both groups. Dietary patterns were not significant between the two groups. CONCLUSION: This study showed that the prevalence of several diseases in Korean Americans differed from that observed in native Koreans. Therefore, a foundation for setting up new guidelines for disease screening among Korean Americans is established.
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Park, Yoo Mi(박유미) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3642-7300
Park, Hyo Jin(박효진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4814-8330
Baik, Su Jung(백수정) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3790-7701
Lee, Byoung Kwon(이병권) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9259-2776
Lee, Hyun Ju(이현주)
Jo, So Young(조소영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4995-6842
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