Study needs vol­un­teers


Older and obese Auck­lan­ders with type 2 di­a­betes are be­ing sought for a study on the im­pact breakfast has on their health.

Mt Roskill res­i­dent Au­drey Tay, a Master of Health Sciences stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Auck­land, hopes to investigate the ef­fect of skip­ping breakfast on blood su­gar lev­els in peo­ple with type 2 di­a­betes.

Type 2 di­a­betes is a long-term blood glu­cose disor­der usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with be­ing over­weight.

It used to be known as adult-on­set di­a­betes as it mostly oc­curred in adult­hood, but it’s in­creas­ingly be­ing di­ag­nosed in chil­dren and ado­les­cents.

Tay be­lieves her study, to be con­ducted at the Hu­man Nutri­tion Unit in Mount Eden later this month, will help ad­dress New Zealand’s growing obe­sity and type 2 di­a­betes prob­lem.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Health, nearly one in three New Zealand adults is obese.

Sta­tis­tics New Zealand said about 230,000 New Zealan­ders were al­ready di­ag­nosed with type 2 di­a­betes, with higher rates among Maori and Pa­cific com­mu­ni­ties.

The six-day-long study re­quires 20 over­weight or obese participants, be­tween the ages of 40 and 60, with type 2 di­a­betes.

To par­tic­i­pate as a vol­un­teer, email­, or con­tact them for more in­for­ma­tion.

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