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Economic cost of diabetes among Pacific peoples in NZ

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research (EDOR) summer student Meealofa (Darlene) Pupi has investigated the cost of diabetes for Pacific peoples living in New Zealand.  Ms Pupi, a University of Otago medical student, was awarded a Health Research Council (HRC) Pacific Health Career Development Award to carry out this research.

Supervised by Senior Research Fellow Dr Kirsten Coppell, and colleague Dr Trudy Sullivan (Health Economist), Ms Pupi found that the economic cost of diabetes among Pacific people living in New Zealand is wide-reaching, and has a huge cultural aspect.  And the cost isn't limited to the individual but impacts on the family and community members as well.

Some of the extra expenses identified were associated with medications, changes in the types of food purchased, travel costs for family and community members who support affected individuals, and lost income.  The results of this study were presented at the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) annual meeting, held in Dunedin, May 2017.

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What is the economic cost of diabetes among Pacific peoples? Darlene Pupi, Kirsten Coppell, Trudy Sullivan, NZSSD annual scientific meeting, May 2017, Dunedin.