WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MY REGION?

Selected region : North
Date: : 24th Mar 2017

Current Studies:

The GoDARTS Study: Genetics of Diabetes Audit and Research in Tayside and Scotland.

This study wants to understand the role our genes, and other biological markers, play in developing and managing diabetes. By conducting this research it will hopefully provide some answers to some of the following questions surrounding the disease; why do some people develop the disease and others don't; why does medication work for some groups of patients with diabetes and not for others and why do some people develop the complications associated with diabetes and others don't.

 The other aim of this study is to look at Metformin, which is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. It can also be used in the treatment of type 1 diabetes in conjunction with insulin therapy. Metformin has been on the market for over 60 years yet its mechanism of action is not fully understood. Some patients respond well to the treatment and encounter very little problems, whilst others find it does not work for them and causes many side-effects.

If you would like to find out more about this study then please click here.

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 MISTY Study: Muscle Fat Compartments and Turnover as Determinant of Insulin Sensitivity. University of Aberdeen & NHS Grampian.

Early research has demonstrated that high levels of fat within muscle resulted in poorer control of blood sugar, as seen in obesity and diabetes. More recent research, however, has shown that athletes also have these high levels of fat within muscle and yet have very good control of blood sugar.

Researchers are not sure as to why this is and want to find out if the fat within muscle can be changed to improve blood sugar control, as good blood sugar control reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Participants in this study will be asked to undergo a number of blood tests and will also have a fitness test before and after an exercise intervention program to try and find out how this intervention affects their fitness and their ability to process fats.

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

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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