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Health promotion and public health
Woes of ethnic minority groups suffering from diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic: high time to address the same
  1. Trupti N Prasad,
  2. Rimesh Pal
  1. Endocrinology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rimesh Pal, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India; rimesh.ben{at}

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Commentary on: Khunti K, Feldman EL, Laiteerapong N, Parker W, Routen A, Peek M. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Ethnic Minority Groups With Diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2022 Aug 9:dc212495. doi: 10.2337/dc21-2495. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • There is a dire need for further studies looking into the effect of ethnicity on COVID-19 outcomes in people with diabetes hailing from lower-income and middle-income countries.

  • Ethnic disparities in diabetes care and outcomes should be urgently acknowledged and addressed by governments and policy-makers worldwide.


Diabetes mellitus and ethnicity have emerged as independent risk factors for poor prognosis in COVID-19 ever since the inception of the pandemic.1–5 Nevertheless, few studies have looked into the combined effects of both diabetes mellitus and ethnicity on COVID-19 …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.