Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mathematics and Statistics

First Advisor

Gengsheng Qin


The main purpose of this study is to examine the differences of preventive management utilizations and diabetes complications in Asian Americans and Non-Hispanic whites using multiple years (2002-2013) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). SAS for complex survey procedures were used to perform the data analysis. Odds ratios (OR) were calculated to compare the prevalence of diabetes complications and preventive management rate in Asian with white. Compared to white, the prevalence of diabetes retinopathy in Asians were higher, while the rates of neuropathy and cardiovascular complications, pneumonia shot, personally management as well as management diabetes with doctors were lower. The prevalence of routine checkup in Asian was not significantly different from the prevalence in white. More attentions should be paid on Asians for diabetes related retinopathy.