Seminar Details

UK ethnic differences in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: studying their origins in childhood
Monday, 14th May 2012
1pm - 2pm (12.45 for sandwiches)
Seminar Room 1
PCPH, Upper 3rd Floor, UCL (Royal Free Campus)
Speaker: Peter Whincup

In the UK there are marked ethnic differences in the risks of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease; compared with white Europeans, UK South Asian adults have markedly increased risks of type 2 diabetes, CHD and stroke, while UK African-Caribbean adults have increased risks of type 2 diabetes and stroke and reduced CHD risk.  This presentation will summarize key research findings, particularly from our recent Child Heart and Health Study in England (CHASE), which suggest that at least some of these ethnic differences in chronic disease risk originate in childhood or earlier.  The role of childhood factors (particularly adiposity, physical activity and diet) in these emerging ethnic differences will be explored and implications both for research and early prevention considered.

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