Type 2 diabetes risk score translated into south Asian 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.

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.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti (pictured), Director of NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and Head of Department and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes & 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.”