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International Diabetes Federation Grant Supports Lifestyle Intervention Study to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in India
Date:5/30/2008

on Indians have diabetes and by 2025, this number will rocket to 69.9 million. In addition, 35 million Indians are at risk for diabetes -impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). India is not alone in facing the diabetes epidemic. Over 250 million people worldwide live with diabetes and by 2025, over 380 million people will have the disease.(1)

"All South Asians, including those with diabetes, could benefit from making the positive changes in diet, activity, and behaviour that are taught in this program," said Dr. Narayan.

Data and results from the trial will be used to design and advocate policy and public health recommendations, which will result in broader diabetes prevention efforts in India and other South Asian countries.

"India is at the epicentre of the diabetes pandemic. Every effort must be taken to prevent the devastating human, social and economic effects of diabetes," said Dr. Linda Siminerio, Chair of the IDF BRIDGES Review Committee. "The Chennai trial led by Dr. Narayan and Indian investigators will help to address the major public health issue."

The Federation, through BRIDGES, is committed to converting research findings into useful practices for the provision of quality care and services delivered by healthcare providers. The culturally specific randomized trial in India, along with the 10 other selected translational research projects, was chosen because of its innovative idea, demonstration of the potential for health care cost savings, sustainability plans and the opportunity for its results to be widely replicated in other settings.

The International Diabetes Federation independently manages the Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems (BRIDGES) program with an educational grant from Eli Lilly and Company and is committed to promoting diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

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