A type 2 diabetes awareness drive in Leicester has uncovered that the majority of South Asian people that were screened are actually at high risk of developing the condition.
The awareness drive checked 202 people for the condition in four community centres in Leicester, and found that a whopping 72.4 per cent were close to developing type 2 diabetes.
All of those who were found to be at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes were invited back to a follow-up workshop designed to educate the group on the condition, and hopefully motivate them to change their lifestyle and lower the likelihood of developing the condition. The workshop emphasised the importance of exercise and the role that diet plays in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
"People from South Asian origin are two to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than white Europeans," said Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of CLAHRC East Midlands.
"It is important to identify those with undiagnosed diabetes and those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We want to show that it's not too late to introduce small lifestyle changes to their lives, which could make a big difference to their health."
The Leicester Risk Score, which was developed by the Leicester Diabetes Centre, was translated to Bengali and Gujarati and completed by the participants to identify their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
This is the first year that the national type 2 prevention drive has been active, with its first implementation covering approximately half of the population (26 million people), and made up of 20,000 places being available for people at risk. It is hoped that by 2020 the prevention drive will be rolled out to the whole country, with an expected 100,000 referrals available per year.
The report was written by Dr Andy Willis, who said: "This research proves that delivery of a screening intervention to high numbers of participants within a faith centre setting is feasible and well received by participants.
"This opportunistic method of screening has the potential to extend the reach of structured primary care based screening to identify hard to reach groups at high risk of diabetes."