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21% rise in diagnoses of type 2 diabetes in Black and Minority Ethnic groups in three years

The incidence of type 2 diabetes among people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds have risen sharply since 2009/10, shows recent research.

The figures – featured in the National Diabetes Audit and released in response to a Parliamentary question – show that annually there are over 37,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in BME groups – a rise of 21% between the years 2009/10 – 2011/12, with a 26% increase amongst those from black backgrounds and 23% increase in people from Asian or Asian British backgrounds.

Certain ethnic groups showed an even greater increased risk, including a 31% increase in those from African backgrounds and 26% increase in those of Pakistani origin.

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