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Study documents urban Indian health disparities

A new study from the Urban Indian Health Institute of Washington has found that urban Indians are more likely to die from diabetes, accidents and alcohol-related causes than the rest of the population.

The institute used figures from the 1990 and 2000 census and the National Center for Health Statistics to present a comprehensive look at the health status of urban Indians. The study showed high rates of death from accidents, liver disease and diabetes.

Among urban Indians in Montana, the study found that diabetes-related deaths were 447 percent higher than all races combined and alcohol-related deaths were 438 percent higher. The leading causes of death were accidents and cancer.

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Study finds urban Indians in poor health (The Billings Gazette 4/21)