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Indian Health Care Resource Center Childhood Project

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

Indian Health Care Resource Center is an urban Indian clinic providing services to the Tulsa metro area. We are seeing high numbers of childhood obesity cases, as is typical of most Indian clinics. In our youth ages 5 - 12, 30% are above the 85th percentile on BMI for age. Of the youth ages 13 - 18, 35% are above the 85th percentile on BMI for age. Based on this information, we have designed our IHS CYP grant to assess and evaluate the risk factors that children ages 5 - 18 have for diabetes. Currently we have data collected on 90 children who are above the 85th percentile on BMI for age. This data includes lab data (lipid profile, fasting blood glucose, and C-peptide) and an extensive survey regarding the family and child - eating and activity habits, whether or not the child was breastfed, at what age were solid food started, and much more. We are having the data analyzed by the University of Oklahoma Nursing program at this time. One interesting preliminary outcome is that 25% of the children have lipid problems, showing an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Additional correlations are expected. This program will help us learn more about what risk factors may lead to a pediatric DM2 diagnosis. This will allow practitioners and parents to be more aware of the early warning signs and make lifestyle changes to avoid the early onset of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Age Group(s):
Children, Adolescents

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Health Indicator(s):
Cardiovascular Disease , Physical Activity

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Name: Nancy O’Banion
Site or Location Name: Indian Health Care Resource Center IHS Children & Youth Program Pediatric Diabetes Risk Program
550 S. Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74120
Phone: ( 918) 382-1220