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Ethnicity and Type 2 diabetes in the UK

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-938
Number of pages12
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue number8
Early online date23 Jan 2019
Accepted/In press4 Jan 2019
E-pub ahead of print23 Jan 2019
Published1 Aug 2019


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Type 2 diabetes is a major UK public health priority. Among minority ethnic communities, the prevalence is alarmingly high, approximately three to five times higher than in the white British population. Particularly striking is the earlier onset of Type 2 diabetes, which occurs some 10–12 years younger, with a significant proportion of cases being diagnosed before the age of 40 years. This review focuses on the UK context and Type 2 diabetes in adult populations, exploring the available evidence regarding the complex interplay of biological, lifestyle, social, clinical and healthcare system factors that are known to drive these disparities.

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