Journal article

Is risk of diabetic retinopathy lower in Australia's Greek-born migrants?

L Brazionis, K Rowley, C Itsiopoulos, K O'Dea

DIABETIC MEDICINE | WILEY | Published : 2010


AIM: The standardized cardiovascular disease death rate for the Greek population in Crete has increased since the 1960s, unlike the all-cause and cardiovascular disease death rate for Australia's Greek migrant population, which has remained paradoxically low. A small window of opportunity remains in which the vascular profile of this interesting atypical migrant population can be characterized. This study assessed whether ethnicity modulates the risk of diabetic retinopathy in Greek-born migrants to Australia. METHODS: The study design was a community-based cross-sectional study of diabetic retinopathy in 107 Greek-born and Australian-born men with Type 2 diabetes, aged 44-83 years. Diabetic..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work would not have been possible without the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study and the infrastructure support provided by the Cancer Council Victoria. The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia in part funded this study (project no. 124317), which represents the collaboration of and contribution by many, especially Dr Alex Harper (medical retina specialist who graded the retinal photographs) and Ms Connie Karschimkus (laboratory manager).