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Heterogeneity of diabetes in south Asian patients in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  1. S R Gorman1,
  2. D Haigh1,
  3. R G Feltbower2,
  4. P A McKinney2,
  5. H J Bodansky3
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, St Luke’s Hospital, Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD5 0NA, UK
  2. 2Paediatric Epidemiology Group, 30 Hyde Terrace, Leeds LS2 9LN, UK
  3. 3Diabetes Centre, The General Infirmary at Leeds, Great George St, Leeds LS1 2RX, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr S R Gorman
    Department of Paediatrics, St Luke’s Hospital, Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD5 0NA, UK; Shaun.Gorman{at}bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk

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The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children in India and Pakistan is remarkably low.1 However, south Asian children resident in the UK have a rising incidence of type 1 diabetes,2 approaching that of the indigenous population.3 There is particular concern about the emergence of type 2 diabetes in children, and the consequent morbidity and mortality.4,5 South Asian children are particularly at risk of type 2 diabetes.

A total of 160 children aged 0–16 attend the diabetic clinic in Bradford, of which 58 (38%) are of south Asian origin. In comparison, south Asian children comprise 27% and 32% of the primary and secondary school populations, respectively. Most have type 1 diabetes, but some have more unusual conditions not seen in the indigenous children.

Case 1

A girl aged 11 …

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