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International flavour to NZ whole grains in diabetes study

Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research (EDOR) postdoctoral fellow Dr Andrew Reynolds and Professor Jim Mann are leading a study into wholegrain particle size and glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

This randomised crossover trial involves giving participants wholegrain foods for a period of two weeks. In one period the whole grains will be eaten as is, such as traditional oats. For the other period the whole grains will be finely milled, such as in wholemeal bread. This trial is to test if processing the whole grains influences the blood glucose control of people with type 2 diabetes when they eat them.

Dr Reynolds is being assisted in the trial by visiting Swedish postgraduate student Sebastian Åberg. Sebastian has a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition science and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in nutrition science at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He thinks this project fits well with his research and travel interests:

"I'm interested in public health matters such as strategies to prevent or manage obesity and type 2 diabetes, but also in this chance for me to live in New Zealand."

Want to join the trial?

Email the research team to find out more about the whole grains in type 2 diabetes trial, and to check if you are eligible to join.

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