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Newcastle Heart Project
  1. C M Fischbacher1,
  2. M White1,
  3. R Bhopal2,
  4. N Unwin3,
  5. K G M M Alberti3
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle, UK
  2. 2Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Department of Diabetes, University of Newcastle, UK

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    In our recently published analysis of Newcastle Heart Project data we concluded that in South Asians diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance was associated with an increased likelihood of reporting sibling but not parental diabetes.1 By contrast, in Europeans diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance were associated with both sibling and parental diabetes. In response to feedback, we re-analysed our data to assess whether awareness of a diagnosis of diabetes influenced reporting and to re-consider the possible influence of our direct standardisation procedure.

    In brief, the Newcastle Heart Project studied an age and sex stratified population sample of 684 South Asian (259 Indian, 305 Pakistani, 120 Bangladeshi) and 825 European …

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