Weight-loss study calls for vol­un­teers

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Would you like to make a long-term com­mit­ment to los­ing weight and make sure you avoid di­a­betes?

A three-year study to de­ter­mine the best life­style strate­gies for weight loss and di­a­betes preven­tion is about to be­gin in Auck­land and re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Auck­land are seek­ing peo­ple to take part.

Par­tic­i­pants in the study will be over­weight and can ex­pect to lose a sig­nif­i­cant amount of that weight and avoid de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes.

They will learn a new way of eat­ing and ex­er­cis­ing which they may choose to main­tain for the rest of their lives.

The study will com­pare two nu­tri­tional pro­grammes known to be very ef­fec­tive in help­ing peo­ple lose weight and avoid di­a­betes, and which are com­par­a­tively sim­ple to fol­low.

Par­tic­i­pants will also be asked to fol­low one of two phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity plans, so that the com­bined ef­fects of diet and ex­er­cise can be tracked.

The aim is to use re­sults to de­velop guide­lines to tackle obe­sity and di­a­betes in adults.

The three-year study will be run in New Zealand and Aus­tralia and six Euro­pean coun­tries.

For the first two months, study par­tic­i­pants will fol­low a low-en­ergy diet us­ing meal re­place­ment sa­chets and are ex­pected to lose at least eight per cent of their body weight.

They will then be ran­domly as­signed to a nu­tri­tion and ex­er­cise pro­gramme which will be the ba­sis of their new healthy life­style pro­gramme over the next three years to en­sure they main­tain their new weight or lose more.

Meal re­place­ment sa­chets and di­etary and ex­er­cise coun­selling will be pro­vided free.

The study is open to men and women aged 25-45 and 55-70 years who are over­weight but do not have di­a­betes. Par­tic­i­pants must be able to travel to the Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Hu­man Nu­tri­tion Unit in Mt Eden and Ta­maki cam­pus in Glen Innes for reg­u­lar vis­its with the study team.

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