Volunteers wanted for Aberdeen diabetes study

A nurse gives a patient a diabetes test
A nurse gives a patient a diabetes test

Aberdeen scientists studying ways to postpone or prevent type two diabetes are asking for volunteers to help with their research.

The team from the Rowett Institute is examining whether food supplements containing bilberry and grape seed extract can lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels in those who may be at risk of developing diabetes.

Other factors being under consideration include gender, age, body weight, genes and lifestyle choices.

Professor Baujke de Roos, who is leading the study, said: “People with diabetes have a high risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

“Almost 10% of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes.

“However, type two diabetes is not necessarily a lifelong condition.

“It is reversible by lifestyle intervention, including eating healthier foods and diets.

“But some foods and diets may work better for certain people, and it is important to understand what makes people responders and non-responders to specific dietary interventions.

“However, in order to test our theory we really need help from members of the public, who might be willing to volunteer to take part in our research study.

“For this particular study, we require volunteers who are 45 years or older, with a BMI higher than 28.

“Participants should be either healthy, or pre-diabetic.”

For more information, people can call Dr Nigel Hoggard on 01224 438655.