Many Indians secretive about diabetes in UK

London: Over 40 per cent of people with roots in the Indian sub-continent with diabetes in the UK could be risking their health and experiencing emotional distress by keeping their diabetes a secret, according to a survey by leading health charity organisation, Diabetes UK.

The survey of over 3,700 people with diabetes, conducted during Diabetes Week (12?18 June, 2011), found that 41 per cent of Asian people had either kept their diabetes a secret or it was still a secret, compared to 33 per cent of white people.

The prevalence of diabetes in Asian people is significantly higher than the white population living in the UK as South Asian people are six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.