The study was carried out by researchers in ARC South London’s public health and multimorbidity research theme and was a published in Diabetes Care, Evaluating Ethnic Variations in the Risk of Infections in People With Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: A Matched Cohort Study. It explored ethnic variations in the risk of infections in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, using data from English primary care and hospital records.

The research also showed that the risk of infections was raised among people with prediabetes compared to people without diabetes

Asian man having a diabetes blood sugar test

Our research confirms that infections are a substantial cause of ill health and health service use for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and this needs stronger recognition in guidelines for diabetes and pre-diabetes care.

Tess Harris, professor of primary care research, St George’s, University of London

The team are continuing their work on diabetes and infection research. They will publish further work on type 1 diabetes and infection, the effects of diabetes control on infection risks, and Covid-19 and mortality in people living with diabetes and prediabetes.

The research group are supported by a strong Patient Study Advisory Group, who help with interpretation and dissemination of research findings.

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