SABRE was first started in order to understand why some people are more likely than others to suffer from diabetes, coronary heart disease and strokes.  At the time very little was known about whether people of different ethnicities might be more or less likely to suffer these disorders.

We now know, partly as a result of the first SABRE study, that there are large differences in risk of coronary heart disease and strokes between different ethnic groups in the UK, as well differences in risk factors such as diabetes, blood pressure and levels of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ blood fats.  But we still don’t know why these ethnic differences happen.