Diabetes and CVD module 2: Diabetes and cardiovascular risk in UK South Asians – an overview

Released20 September 2018     Expires: 20 September 2020      Programme: Diabetes and CVD 0.5 CPD/CME credit, 0.5 hours

Sponsorship Statement: AstraZeneca provided an unsolicited arms-length educational grant to fund the production of this supplement. AstraZeneca had no editorial input into the content other than a review for technical accuracy.

Designed to give healthcare professionals an understanding of the specific risks facing the UK South Asian population with regard to the problem of management of cardiovascular disease in the patient with diabetes.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, participants should be better able to understand:

  • Prevalence of diabetes is high in people with South Asian heritage, along with an increased risk of complications (coronary heart disease, diabetic retinopathy and end-stage renal disease) occurring at younger age with lower duration of diabetes
  • Diabetes occurs at a lower body mass index (BMI) in this group due to altered body composition, meaning South Asians should be encouraged to maintain lower BMIs lifelong and to keep as active as possible
  • Younger patients with diabetes should be managed aggressively to reduce their risk of developing complications linked, in particular, to hyperglycaemia


Wasim Hanif, Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Consultant Physician and Head of Service Diabetes, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Radhika Susarla, Research Scientist (Diabetes), University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

With thanks to Dr Sam Pearson, Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, for assistance on the self-assessment aspect of the programme.


0.5 CPD/CME credit, 0.5 hours
BJC Learning has assigned half an hour of CPD/CME credit to this module

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