Why it pays to ask where type 2 patients were born

Outcomes for diabetes patients vary dramatically depending on their country of origin, indicates Aussie study

Knowing where a patient with type 2 diabetes was born may help predict their outcomes from the disease, an Australian study shows.

Using data from more than 23,000 people in NSW with type 2 diabetes (Sax Institute’s 45 and Up cohort), the researchers showed that being born in certain countries did not bode well for people who went on to develop the disease.

Compared to people born in Australia, those born in North Africa, the Middle East, South-East Europe and Asia were more likely to experience poor self-rated health and health-related quality of life, poor eyesight and self-reported memory