Minority groups more susceptible to Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke

The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has reported that certain minority ethnicities such as African, Caribbean and Asian are up to six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE – Professor Mike Kelly, said, “…its vital that local authorities are supported in taking action to prevent these illnesses in people who have a high risk of developing them.

He went on to say that a “BMI of 23 kg/m2 should be the threshold to trigger action” in these groups. This compares with 25 kg/m2 for other populations.

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Source :, Thursday 23 January 2014