Launch of new re­search pro­ject

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - An­nie Caughey An­nie.Caughey@sc­news.com.au

KID­NEY dis­ease, high blood pres­sure, di­a­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease are be­com­ing all too com­mon di­ag­noses for ev­ery-day Aus­tralians and many pa­tients of­ten suf­fer from a mul­ti­tude of these con­di­tions at once.

Kawana based doc­tor Pro­fes­sor Nick Gray last week launched a re­search pro­ject in con­junc­tion with the di­etet­ics de­part­ment at the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast.

The study will in­ves­ti­gate the level of un­der­stand­ing pa­tients with kid­ney have of nutri­tion and how they utilise that knowl­edge to man­age their associated con­di­tions.

“Pa­tients al­ways ask ‘what can I do with my diet to help with my kid­ney prob­lems or with my health in gen­eral’,” Dr Gray said.

“What we are try­ing to gain an un­der­stand­ing of from this re­search is, what do they un­der­stand about diet and kid­ney dis­ease and what are the rel­e­vant things for peo­ple to learn, it will help us best ed­u­cate peo­ple go­ing for­ward.”

Over 100 pa­tients will par­tic­i­pate by giv­ing a 24-hour urine sam­ple while also fill­ing out a de­tailed ques­tion­naire of their nu­tri­tional knowl­edge.

Dr Gray is cur­rently screen­ing for par­tic­i­pants, a process he said will take up to six months.

The re­search pro­ject is non-in­tru­sive or time­con­sum­ing for par­tic­i­pants and Dr Gray said this will en­sure pa­tients are en­gaged in the re­search.

The re­sults of the study should be con­cluded next year giv­ing both di­eti­cians and doc­tors a greater un­der­stand­ing of what in­for­ma­tion they need to pass onto their pa­tients and which treat­ments will be most ef­fec­tive.

“One ex­am­ple, if we can lower let’s say salt, then blood pres­sure tablets tend to work bet­ter then peo­ple who are on a high salt diet,” he said.

“And we know that bet­ter blood pres­sure con­trol can help to pre­vent the kid­ney dis­ease get­ting worse with time.”

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