Bangladeshi Health And Immigration to the UK (BHAI UK)


Men living in different parts of the world show varying levels of testosterone. This is at least partially influenced by environmental conditions during childhood and as adults. Comparing health indicators and the levels of testosterone in men who have lived in different environments may help explain the cause of certain diseases in older men, including enlargement of the prostate and diabetes.

Migrants are born in one environment and move to another. When compared with people who have not moved, this allows us to see how hormones are affected by pre-birth and childhood conditions. Sylhetis have been migrating to the UK over several generations, and form an important, closely knit community in London. We are comparing men who have migrated to the UK, and men born in the UK with men who have lived in Sylhet all their lives.

This means men who came to the UK as children or were born in the UK of Sylheti parents are unique and essential to our research. We believe your participation in this study would help us understand some of the reasons why men all over the world get ill in their old age.

All we ask is for 6 samples of your saliva, some measures of your height and weight, and the answers to some questions about your childhood, your family and your diet. Though it is not required, we can also take a measure of your fasting blood glucose levels.

In return for your help, we will tell you your fasting blood glucose levels, which could indicate whether you are currently at risk of developing diabetes. After we have completed laboratory analysis, we will inform you of your levels of the hormones testosterone and cortisol. In addition, we will compensate you for your time and trouble.


Research Project Conducted by Prof. Gillian Bentley & Kesson Magid

Department of Anthropology, Durham University & UCL

For further information or to participate, please click here or contact:

Mr. Kesson Magid

phone: 0207 679 5463  

Department of Anthropology
University College London
14 Taviton Street

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