Risk score translated into more languages
A risk score to identify people who are likely to develop type 2 diabetes has been translated into two further languages.
The part NIHR-funded Leicester Risk Score – which is recommended by health watchdog NICE, used by Diabetes UK and has attracted more than 1.1 million people online users – has been made available in a number of South Asian Languages.
We urge members of the south Asian community to use our risk score to see whether they already have type 2 diabetes
The questionnaire is now available in Gujarati and Bangladeshi, with further versions in Urdu and Punjabi due out soon.
Members of both communities are being encouraged to complete the score and find out how likely they are to develop the condition – or to see if they already have it.
Data based on age, sex, BMI, ethnicity, family history and use of blood pressure drugs are used to identify people who may be at high risk of type 2 diabetes or are currently undiagnosed.
The project to translate the risk score was funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) East Midlands.
Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and head of department and professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “Type 2 diabetes is more common in south Asians because of their lifestyle in terms of their diet and lower physical activity levels combined with their potentially increased genetic risk.
“We urge members of the south Asian community to use our risk score to see whether they already have type 2 diabetes.
“It’s equally important people know how likely they are to develop the condition as they can make lifestyle changes to halt the progress.
“The Leicester Risk Score allows people to see if they have or are likely to have type 2 diabetes in the future.”
A community event is set to take place on Friday, January 27, in order to launch all three versions of the risk score. It will take place at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, Gwendolen Road.
NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands is a partnership of regional health services, universities and industry which turns research into cost-saving and high-quality care through cutting-edge innovation.
The work has been supported by the Centre for BME Health East Midlands, which is working to reduce ethnic health inequality in the region by sharing resources and promoting research.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where the body cannot keep blood glucose levels within a healthy range and can cause devastating complications.