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Prevalence, Control, and Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, and High Cholesterol in the Amish
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Author(s): Braxton C. Mitchell*, Shisi He, Kathleen A. Ryan, Elizabeth A. Streeten, Patrick F. McArdle, Melanie Daue, Donna Trubiano, Yvonne Rohrer, Patrick Donnelly, Maryann Drolet, Sylvia Newcomer, Susan Shaub, Nancy Weitzel, Alan R. Shuldiner, Toni I. Pollin * Corresponding Author
Diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia are three of the major risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a leading cause of death in the United States. The burden of these disorders is not uniform across the country primarily due to socioeconomic status, cultural practices, and lifestyle. To evaluate the effect of these disparities, this study compared the prevalence of the 3 conditions in a subpopulation in the US with that of the general population. The Old Order Amish (OOA) community located in rural Pennsylvania is characterized by distinctive sociocultural practices that include a very cohesive social structure and limited use of modern technologies and medication. A total of 5377 OOA individuals took part in a community-wide survey which included a physical exam and fasting blood draw. The prevalence of the 3 risk factors in the Amish was then compared to the European Caucasian subsample of the 2013–2014 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This dataset includes demographics, physical examination values, medication history, clinical measures associated blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose, and statistical assessment and comparison data.
2010 - 2018
Geographic Coverage
Lancaster County (Pa.)
Subject of Study
Subject Domain
Population Age
Adult (19 years to 64 years)
Senior (65 years to 79 years)
Elderly (80 years and over)
Subject Gender
Access Instructions
Data are available upon reasonable request. Please contact corresponding author, Dr. Braxton Mitchell
Associated Publications
Data Type
Software Used
SAS 9.4
Study Type
Grant Support
Regeneron Genetics Center/Regeneron
University of Maryland School of Medicine Program for Personalized and Genomic Medicine/University of Maryland, Baltimore
Other Resources

Some deidentified Amish data available via the NCBI database of Genotypes and Phenotypes


National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2013-2014 survey data

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