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.
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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.
Tay’s interest in type 2 diabetics began when she volunteered at Diabetics Otago.
She saw firsthand the emotional burden it had on patients and was determined to make a difference.
“It’s sad, it’s preventable, and I want to be part of the change,” she said.
Her study will investigate the effect of prolonged fasting on blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.
“I am really interested to know whether something as simple as eating breakfast each morning can help control blood sugar levels.”
The six-day-long study requires 20 overweight or obese participants, between the ages of 40 and 60, with type 2 diabetes.
Participants will need to spend hours a day at the Human Nutrition Unit where they will be provided meals, and monitored.
On selected days, they will be provided meals at their homes.
“Six days out of 365 in a year would be a small price to pay for the immense benefits for the future of type 2 diabetes,” Tay said.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.