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Can mentors help prevent diabetes?

22nd March 2011

A £2 million project is starting in Norfolk in order to find out whether the use of mentors could help to prevent people developing type 2 diabetes.


The researchers will screen 10,000 people who are at a high risk of the condition and identify those who are at the "pre-diabetes" stage.

This means their blood sugar has reached a certain level which puts them in more danger of developing type 2 diabetes.

Some of the participants will then be paired up with mentors, who will be people who already have type 2 diabetes.

These mentors will advise the participants on how they can change their diets and exercise habits.

The National Institute for Health Research has funded the £2.2 million project.

Norfolk GPs will write letters to people aged above 40, who have a family history of the condition and have a BMI of over 30, in order to ask them if they wish to participate in the trial.

Senior research associate, Nikki Murray, said: "There'll never be enough trained NHS staff to help all the people in Norfolk who have diabetes or are at risk of it."

"Using members of the public to help us is a novel aspect. We're hoping the mentors will build a strong rapport with the participants, because they know what it's like having to make lifestyle changes."


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