Latha Palaniappan

Dr. Latha Palaniappan, an Indian American professor at Stanford University, received a Health Leadership award from the India Community Center. (photo provided)

Milpitas, Calif.-based India Community Center recently recognized Dr. Latha Palaniappan of Stanford University with a Health Leadership award.

The ICC honored Palaniappan with the award for her efforts in representing understudied communities, especially Asian communities, in medicine around the world.

The Indian American professor, clinician and researcher at Stanford University, as part of PAMF, co-founded South Asian Wellness Program PRANA, which provides preventive services for a community that is high-risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Currently, Palaniappan conducts research on the effects of physical activity on the management of diabetes, according to a news release.

Her diabetic-exercise studies are Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity and Strength Training Regimen for Normal Weight Diabetics.

Due to the disproportionately high incidence of diabetes in the Indian American and larger South Asian community, Palaniappan has dedicated an entire study, STRONG-D, for normal-weight diabetics, the release said.

South Asians constitute a significant portion of the normal-weight diabetic group, making prevention and early diagnosis an urgent concern for the community, it added.

She hopes to address both differences in health as well as differences in patient care across various racial and ethnic groups so that we may curb this fast-growing epidemic.

For more information about the diabetic-exercise studies, please email diabeticstudy@stanford.edu or call 650-736-2743. 

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