In the age of Uber and Lyft, it’s still hard for some Americans to get to the doctor

Members of New York City’s fast-growing Bangladeshi American community aren’t in obvious need of transportation.

Many male members of the community work as taxi drivers. Their city has one of the best public transit systems in the U.S. Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing companies are proliferating and claim to have made transportation cheaper, easier and more accessible than ever.

But when New York University Langone Medical Center researcher Nadia Islam first started looking at the Bangladeshi community’s high rates of diabetes, and how to improve them, she found that transportation was the crux of the problem.

Doctor’s visits, just one part of managing the chronic disease, go missed, especially by female members of the community.

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