Selected region : North
Date: : 24th Mar 2017

Current Studies:

The Diabetes and Health Study. The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen.

A healthy digestive system is essential for our general well-being and needs a flora of different bacteria. The bacteria that live in our guts are important for a number of reasons, including the absorption and digestion of nutrients from the food we eat and also keeping potentially harmful bacteria at bay.

This study wants to investigate whether consumption of a prebiotic liquid supplement called Molkosan, can reduce levels of total cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides and insulin in patients with Type 2 diabetes over a 12 week period. Prebiotics are indigestible nutrients that serve as food for probiotics, which are essentially live bacteria and yeasts that are good for our digestive health. By increasing the population of bacteria in the gut, it is hoped that it will improve the metabolic health of patients with Type 2 diabetes.

To find out more about this study then please click here.

The FISH Meal Study: The Effect of FISH intake on metabolic health in a diabetic South Asian population. University of Aberdeen.

Current health guidelines encourage us to eat more oily fish in our diet as they are low in fat and very rich in nutrients that are good for our health. The consumption of oily fish has been found to benefit glucose control and heart health which is very beneficial to people that suffer from diabetes. People of South Asian ethnicity are known to have an increased risk of developing diabetes compared to other ethnic groups so it is this group that the researchers want to focus on in this study.

The researchers at the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen want to investigate the link between oily fish consumption, glucose control and heart health in South Asian people with diabetes that is only controlled through diet and lifestyle. They will do this by providing tinned mackerel twice a week to a particular group to study the effects of increasing this oily fish in the diet has on the body's blood glucose and omega-3 fatty acid levels. It is hoping that the information from this study will help researchers gain a better understanding of how oily fish could help improve the overall health status as well as glucose control in people with South Asian ethnicity.

The VegGI study. The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen.

Research has shown that high blood glucose levels after eating is linked to diabetes and heart disease risk. However, people demonstrate varied metabolic responses to foods when they are consumed. In addition, much of the research in this area has been conducted in men, despite the knowledge that blood glucose control is different in men and women.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of eating vegetables on diabetes and cardiovascular risk in women. Participants will be asked to attend 4 visits over a period of a few months where they will be given meals containing green leafy vegetables to consume. Blood samples will be taken following the meals to measure indicators of diabetes and cardiovascular risk. 

If you would like to read more about this study then please click here. If you are interested in taking part then please contact m.sayegh@abdn.ac.uk; vranawana@abdn.ac.uk or j.drew@abdn.ac.uk 

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