NEW PUBLICATION Ethnic minorities in Oslo get type 2 diabetes at a much younger age than ethnic Norwegians

This is worrisome for the future says senior author Anne Karen Jenum. This means that the ethnic minoritites have much longer time to get late complications. 

 Patients from South-Asia (Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka) are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a mean age of 45 years compared with 60 years for patients of Norwegian extraction. Furthermore, they have higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and also worse glycaemic control. Other ethnic minorities in Oslo also have earlier start of their type 2 diabetes than ethnic Nowegians. This points that it is necessary to focus especially on the ethnic minorities when planning health services in Oslo for the future.

This study is a collaborative effort between Section of General Practice, University of Oslo and Oslo Diabetes Research Centre

Tran AT, Diep LM, Cooper JG, Claudi T, Straand J, Birkeland K, Ingskog W, Jenum AK. Quality of care for patients with type 2 diabetes in general practice according to patients’ ethnic background: a cross-sectional study from Oslo, Norway. BMC Health Serv Res. 2010 28;10:145.