Cardiovascular Disease & Cancer Risk Among South Asians: Impact of Sociocultural Influences on Lifestyle and Behavior

J Immigr Minor Health. 2019 Aug;21(Suppl 1):15-25. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0578-4.


A comprehensive literature review revealed cultural beliefs, societal obligations, and gender roles within the South Asian community to be indirect contributors to the health of South Asian immigrants (SAIs). Health professionals need to increase their work with SAI communities to change less beneficial cultural elements such as misconceptions about health and exercise, and lack of communication when using alternative medicines. Community engaged efforts and continuing medical education are both needed to improve the health of the South Asian immigrant population in a culturally appropriate manner.

Keywords: Behaviour; Cancer risk; Cardiovascular disease risk; Culture; Lifestyle; South Asian.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asian Americans / statistics & numerical data*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Culture
  • Emigrants and Immigrants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Life Style / ethnology
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States