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Your ethnicity could put you at risk of Type 2 diabetes

December 1, 2020

PHE_NHS_HealthierYou BAMEThere is a legal requirement on us to collect your ethnicity to ensure that we provide a fair, open organisation where all patients receive equal treatment. An individual’s ethnicity can also have a bearing on illnesses/disease and treatment, for example diabetes, so it is important we have this recorded.

Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and Black Caribbean or Black African descent. That’s why it’s really important that you find out if you are at risk.

You may be eligible to join your local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, which can help you reduce your risk by offering advice on eating healthily, being more active and managing your weight.

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