Type 2 diabetes risk score translated into south Asian languages

Posted by ap507 at Sep 26, 2016 11:50 AM |
Questionnaire now available in Gujarati and Bangladeshi

Issued by Orange Juice Communications on 23 September 2016

A risk score to identify people who are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes has been translated into two further languages.

The part NIHR-funded Leicester Risk Score – which is recommended by health watchdog NICE, used by Diabetes UK and has attracted more than 1.1 million people online users – has been made available in a number of south Asian Languages.

The questionnaire is now available in Gujarati and Bangladeshi, with further versions in Urdu and Punjabi due out soon.

Members of both communities are being encouraged to complete the score and find out how likely they are to develop the condition – or to see if they already have it.

Data based on age, sex, BMI, ethnicity, family history and use of blood pressure drugs are used to identify people who may be at high risk of Type 2 diabetes or are currently undiagnosed.

The project to translate the risk score was funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) East Midlands.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and Head of Department and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes & Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Type 2 diabetes 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.

“We urge members of the south Asian community to use our risk score to see whether they already have Type 2 diabetes.

“It’s equally important people know how likely they are to develop the condition as they can make lifestyle changes to halt the progress.

“The Leicester Risk Score allows people to see if they have or are likely to have Type 2 diabetes in the future.”

A community event is set to take place on Friday, January 27, in order to launch all three versions of the risk score. It will take place at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, Gwendolen Road.

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands is a partnership of regional health services, universities and industry which turns research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.

The work has been supported by the Centre for BME Health East Midlands, which is working to reduce ethnic health inequality in the region by sharing resources and promoting research.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where the body cannot keep blood glucose levels within a healthy range and can cause devastating complications.

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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. The NIHR is the research arm of the NHS. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS. It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research. Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit http://www.nihr.ac.uk.

CLAHRC East Midlands is a partnership of regional health services, universities and industry which turns research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation. For further information, visit http://www.clahrc-em.nihr.ac.uk/.

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