Diabetes is a common chronic disease with significant morbidity, mortality and cost, and the prevalence continues to increase rapidly worldwide. New Zealand is no exception. The prevalence of diabetes is 7% and the high prevalence of prediabetes (26%) indicates the prevalence of diabetes will continue to increase.
Effective, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle sought
Implementation of effective evidence based prevention strategies is required to reduce the increasing costs of the diabetes epidemic. How best to assist individuals, families and communities to make effective, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle changes to reverse the type 2 diabetes epidemic is a major focus of our research.
Quality of care equally important
Equally important is the quality of care for both type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and type 1 diabetes (T1DM). Implementation of evidence based diabetes management guidelines to improve the quality of diabetes care is another facet of our work.
Our research also focuses on diabetes related conditions such as Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Coeliac Disease (CD).
Focus of our current work
Recent or current studies:
- Delivering optimal weight gain advice to pregnant women – the DOT study
- PIP: Prediabetes intervention package in primary care
- Porirua Union case study
- Pacific intervention: Diabetes, obesity and the church
- The prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes in New Zealand
- The prevalence of elevated liver enzymes in New Zealand
- Glycaemic control and Type 1 diabetes melitis (T1DM)
- The dietary patterns of people with NAFLD
- The quality of diabetes foot care in Oman