Implementation of a successful lifestyle intervention programme for New Zealand Māori to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
posted by admin on 16 July 2009
Year of Publication
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 12(4), 423-6.
Journal article (peer reviewed)
Lifestyle programmes have been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in European populations. However, the participation of Māori in many mainstream health programmes is poor. This study evaluates a lifestyle intervention programme which is acceptable to Māori. Thirty six Māori men and women were recruited for a 4 month programme involving modification of diet and exercise. Insulin sensitivity, body composition, and fitness were measured. Secondary outcome measures included anthropometry, blood pressure, fasting glucose and insulin levels, and lipid profiles. There was a 24% improvement in insulin sensitivity. This was associated with a reduction of 3.1 kg in weight and a reduction of 7 mmHg in systolic blood pressure. The authors conclude that this approach successfully reduced risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in New Zealand Māori in the short term.
Type of Study