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Reducing the burden of diabetes

Friday, 05 August 2016


The research, which will be a collaboration between the University of Otago in New Zealand and Edith Cowan University, will target people diagnosed with prediabetes, a condition that will progress to a diagnosis of diabetes if left untreated.

Researcher Professor Lisa Whitehead from ECU’s School of Nursing, said that a diagnosis of prediabetes created a window of opportunity for behavioural change.

“Being diagnosed with prediabetes can be a shock for people, and we want to see how we can best support people to make the lifestyle changes to prevent them going on to develop type 2 diabetes,” she said.

“We will explore the impact of a dietary intervention delivered by nurses in the clinical setting at a time when people may be more open to lifestyle change and help prevent them going on to develop type 2 diabetes.”


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