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People wanted for healthy eating and exercise trial to prevent type-2 diabetes


16 July 2014

Sydney University is calling out for Sydneysiders to join a research study assessing the effects of healthy eating and exercise on the risk of type-2 diabetes.

The healthy eating and exercise trial will assess two different diet and exercise programs among people aged 25 to 70 years who are overweight or obese.

The trial is part of an effort to slow the rise of a disease affecting 1.5 million Australians that will soon become the nation's leading cause of death and illness.

Sometimes called the "silent killer", type-2 diabetes raises the risk of going blind, losing a limb, kidney failure and dying of a heart attack.

Those at greatest risk are people carrying too much weight who aren't getting enough regular physical activity. High blood pressure, family history, some ethnic backgrounds, and increasing age are other leading risk factors for type-2 diabetes.

"The latest research tells us that type-2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through intensive lifestyle programs resulting in weight loss," says one of the study's co-investigators, Associate Professor Amanda Salis.

"However, many people who lose weight through intensive lifestyle changes tend to regain weight, which elevates their risk for diabetes and other diseases.

"We want to pinpoint the best way to maintain weight loss and keep diabetes at bay among people who are at risk of the disease."

The trial is part of a global study involving people in six European countries as well as Australia, Canada and New Zealand. A total of 2,500 participants are being recruited worldwide.

More information:
The trial is targeting people aged 25 to 70 years who are overweight. People wishing to join the trial should go to www.preview.ning.com/sydney

The research is an initiative of Sydney University's Charles Perkins Centre.


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