Adult early onset type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects South Asian and African-Caribbean individuals, who have an earlier age of onset and, in the case of South Asian people, an accelerated development of the disease compared with White people, indicates a UK primary care data analysis.
The research was presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Virtual Meeting 2020 on September 24, which was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BMI ‘Dose Effect’
A team from Imperial College London examined data on more than 1.4 million primary care patients, finding that, compared with White people, the prevalence of early onset type 2 diabetes (defined as at age 18-44) was more than twice as high in African-Caribbean individuals, and over three times higher in South Asian people.
The results also showed that there was a “dose effect” of body mass index (BMI), with younger onset associated with