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Several key facts need to be considered

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.375a (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:375
  1. Raj Bhopal
  1. Professor Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Health Care Sciences, Medical School, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR,—Sandeep Gupta and colleagues1 urge actions by the “Asian” community (the term “Asian” here is misleading to international readers2) and by the Department of Health. What actions? The authors' advice is to control central obesity and increase physical exercise. How much of a dent will these actions make? If central obesity is controlled and all Asians exercise will coronary heart disease in Asians be avoided? Obviously not.

    Actions arising from the insulin resistance hypothesis must be components of a strategy.3 …

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