People of South Asian ethnic origin are three to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to the Caucasian population, and the prevalence of the disease is increasing. South Asian people with type 2 diabetes have a more rapid rate of progression through pre-diabetes to diabetes, develop type 2 diabetes at a younger age and are more likely to develop complications. They also tend to have poorer knowledge and awareness of type 2 diabetes compared with their Caucasian counterparts. Culturally tailored education has been shown to be effective in promoting empowerment.
Promoting improvements in healthcare, health promotion & research in the UK's South Asian communities