A 5 year research study carried out by Leicester University here within the Leicester Diabetes Centre has found that South Asian have a higher level of blood glucose than White europeans, regardless of whether they are overweight, have high blood presuure or smoke.
Researchers found blood sugar levels in the South Asian group were higher before risk factors, such as obesity, blood pressure and smoking, were taken into account.
Dr Samiul Mostafa, a clinical research fellow in diabetes and endocrinology at the university's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, said: "We are trying to explain reasons why this occurs beyond the well-known risk factors of diet and physical activity.
"Our study suggests the main measures of glucose used in diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes are all higher in South Asians independent of risk factors which cause diabetes such as obesity, blood pressure, smoking and gender.
"This may explain why diabetes diagnosis is higher in South Asians but more research is required."
The findings of the study have been published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association.
Dr Samual Mostafa was interviewed for ITV news last night regarding the results of his recent study on differing blood sugar levels in the South Asian population.
The link for the video is: http://vimeo.com/46370680
And the link for the story on the Leicester Mercury's website:
Sam was also interviewed for BBC Radio Leicester (link below - you will need to forward to 2hrs 48 mins