3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Innovative Prevention Strategies for type 2 Diabetes in South Asians Living in Europe [InPreSD-SA]
South Asians populations living in Europe have an extremely high risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). More than 5 million people of South Asian origin live in Europe. Half of this population is likely to de...
South Asians populations living in Europe have an extremely high risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). More than 5 million people of South Asian origin live in Europe. Half of this population is likely to develop T2D. Moreover, its onset will be at a younger age and it will be more detrimental to cardiovascular health than in European origin populations. Consequently, the need to halt the T2D epidemic among these populations is a priority in many Member States. The evidence base for effective prevention in these groups is limited, but growing. A small number of recently conducted trials have given important insights into how to reduce the T2D risk of these groups, starting with people with pre-diabetes. Overall, the effectiveness of these behavioural interventions has been modest, and seems to be lower than observed in European origin populations. The aim of the proposed project, InPreSD-SA, is to build on the findings of these recent trials in order to accelerate knowledge production and the process of implementation of research findings by bringing together European experts in this field. The focus will be dietary behaviour. We plan to conduct in-depth analyses of the findings from these trials and other interventions studies with particular focus on the behavioural strategies employed. Our analysis will include consideration of the role of the environment in supporting healthy behaviour. Furthermore, we will critically evaluate dietary goals employed in current behavioural interventions, for different subgroups of the population. The findings from these analyses will specify HOW to support South Asian people in the uptake and maintenance of a healthy diet and WHAT to focus on. InPreSD-SA will be a coordinated effort to target the excessive risk for T2D in South Asian populations in Europe. The results will considerably advance our ability to address this major health challenge.
Start date: 01/09/2015 - End date: 31/08/2018
Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2014