The George Institute for Global Health has teamed up with the All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS) to conduct research that will explore whether a lifestyle modification program can delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in South Asia.
The research involves conducting a randomized trial of a lifestyle modification program to determine whether it can be applied and affordably brought to scale in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India.
"The development of diabetes in women with GDM can be prevented or delayed. It has been shown in research settings that healthy diet and physical activity aimed at weight reduction can delay or prevent the development of diabetes in women with GDM, but we do not know how to best achieve such behavioral changes" says Professor Nikhil Tandon, head, Department of Endocrinology at AllMS.
"If the intervention is found to be effective and scalable, the development of Type 2 Diabetes could be delayed or prevented in more than a quarter of a million young South Asian women over a 5-year period," said Professor Anuskha Patel, chief scientist, The George Institute for Global Health and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.
Type 2 diabetes is the world's fastest growing chronic disease. Over 347 million people have diabetes with more than 80 percent of these living in low-middle income countries.