Malta Independent

Lead British researcher shares ways of putting Type 2 diabetes into remission

● Over 42,000 cases of adult diabetes in Malta in 2017; 13.2% prevalence rate considered high


More than 42,000 cases of diabetes in adults were registered in Malta in 2017 with the prevalence rate of diabetes in adults being a very high 13.2% of the total Maltese population, according to the Internatio­nal Diabetes Federation.

‘Putting Type 2 Diabetes into Remission’ will be conducted by lead researcher Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University. Organised by LifeCycle-R.U.S.H. (Renal Unit Support Health Hub) and in aid of Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019, the talks aim to help individual­s to prevent kidney disease and to support persons diagnosed with diabetes or who are obese.

The talks are open to the public and will be held on Friday, 3 May from 5.30pm to 7pm, and on Saturday, 4 May from 9.30am to 12pm at The Courtyard, Hilltop Gardens, Naxxar.

A separate session on ‘Putting Type 2 Diabetes into Remission’ for primary care doctors and healthcare profession­s will take place on Friday, 3 May from 8pm to 9.30pm at Hilltop Gardens. Supported by Nestlé Health Science Malta, the three talks will be followed by a light reception.

Professor Taylor is the lead researcher of a ground-breaking study called DIRECT: Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial. In collaborat­ion with Professor Mike Lean, Glasgow University, they are investigat­ing how a low-calorie diet and weight management programme can put Type 2 diabetes into remission.

Results from the first two years of research indicate that a low-calorie diet and weight management programme delivered by a GP could help people put their Type 2 diabetes into remission. Almost half (46.6%) of those who adopted the programme were in remission after a year and over a third of them (35·6%) after 2 years.

LifeCycle Founder Alan Curry comments: “Our aim for these lecture series is to improve the lives of renal patients, people with diabetes and those at risk, by helping them to manage their daily health. Diabetes is a precursor for kidney failure, hence helping diabetic persons to control or even reverse Type 2 diabetes will contribute towards the prevention of kidney failure. These talks are a great opportunit­y not to be missed.”

Nestlé Health Science Malta will offer product samples of Resource Diabet Plus, which is an oral nutritiona­l supplement recommende­d for the dietary management of malnourish­ed patients or those at risk of malnutriti­on with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or with diagnosed diabetes, as well as the Optifast® product range and their benefits. The Optifast® programme is a science-based programme that delivers weight loss suitable for obese and overweight patients even at risk of developing diabetes.

Entrance for the talks is against a donation of a minimum of €50 per person or €75 per couple of pensionabl­e age. All proceeds will go towards Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019.

For bookings, please call LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation on 2138 3837 between 8am and 5pm. Please address your cheque donations together with a note indicating name, email and contact number of the participan­t and the preferred date and time to: Ms May Bezzina, LifeCycle (Malta) Challenge, c/o ChicPhysiq­ue Studio, Hilltop Gardens, Triq L-Inkwini, Naxxar NXR 2461.

For the past 20 years, LifeCycle Foundation has been the only NGO actively working to sustain and support patients suffering from renal failure.

Donations for Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 can be sent via sms: 5061 7370 = €2.33; 5061 8920 = €6.99; 5061 9229 = €11.65; or via a call to 5160 2020 = €10, 5170 2005 = €15; and 5180 2006 = €25. Bank details are Swift code VALLMTMT, IBAN number MT 18 VALL 2201300000­0014814521­017, Bank name Bank of Valletta, Account number 1481452101­7.

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