Diabetes in different communities

If you or your family are from a South Asian or African-Caribbean background, you’re two to four times more likely to get type 2 diabetes.

The factors behind this aren’t fully understood but are thought to involve insulin problems, genes, diet and lifestyle.

Diabetes and the eye

As well as being more at risk of developing diabetes, people from these communities who are already diabetic tend to be at a higher risk of developing diabetic complications of the eye – called diabetic retinopathy. This can seriously affect your sight.

Reducing your risk

If you’re from a South Asian or African-Caribbean community it’s important that you and your family know about the higher risk of developing diabetes, the sight loss it can cause, and the steps you can take to reduce the risk of losing your sight.

Whether you have diabetes or not, there are things you can do to either reduce your risk of developing diabetes or of getting complications if you are already diabetic. Diabetes UK has a lot of information on reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.

In our video, Ibra talks about how he made changes to his diet after being diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy: