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Diabetes and cardiovascular risk in UK South Asians: an overview

September 2018 Br J Cardiol 2018;25(suppl 2):S8–S13 doi:10.5837/bjc.2018.s08

Diabetes and cardiovascular risk in UK South Asians: an overview

Wasim Hanif, Radhika Susarla

Abstract

Introduction Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a global epidemic with changing demographics that poses a huge challenge for the health and economy of all nations and ethnicities. Ethnicity is defined in terms of a culture of people in a given geographic region, including their language, heritage, religion and customs.1 South Asians constitute about 1.6 billion people from the countries of the Indian subcontinent, this includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.2 Over 37 million ethnic South Asian diaspora live across every continent.3 Prevalence of diabetes in South Asians According to the International D

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