The translation of a tool to help people find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes has been describe by a leading diabetes professor as a ‘breakthrough’ in support to the South Asian community. The Leicester Risk Score enables people to find out their risk of developing the condition and is recommend by health watchdog NICE, is used by Diabetes UK and has attract more than 1.1 million online users.
Gujarati and Bangladeshi versions were officially launch in January 2017. They will now be use in minority communities across the East Midlands in the fight against Type 2 diabetes.
Professor Khunti, one of the co-founders of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, says, “This is a breakthrough in delivering support to the South Asian community in the fight against Type 2 diabetes. The condition is more common in South Asians because of their lifestyle in terms of their diet and lower physical activity levels combined with their potentially increased genetic risk. It’s important people know how likely they are to develop the condition as they can make lifestyle changes to halt the progress.”
Members of the South Asian community are being urge to make use of the risk score to find out how likely they are to develop the condition – or to see if they already have it. Further versions of the risk score in Urdu and Gurmukhi Panjabi are due out soon.
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