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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Jessica Mauboy sings out to end Indigenous diabetes and heart disease epidemic

Singer Jessica Mauboy is calling for Darwin-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women to complete a quick survey as part of the Diabetes and Related Conditions in Urban Indigenous People in the Darwin Region (DRUID) study, a ground-breaking diabetes and heart disease study.

The DRUID study, conducted by the Menzies School of Health Research, is the largest Australian research project to probe risk factors for diabetes and heart disease among urban Indigenous communities.

As lead researcher Dr Elizabeth Barr says, 'We are now interested to find out whether the participants from our first study have experienced any further health problems in particular heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease over the past seven to nine years. This information is collected via a questionnaire, so it's quite a straightforward process and no testing or examinations are involved.'

'Strategies that prevent diabetes and heart disease are urgently needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people'.

'We hope that the DRUID follow-up study - supported by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust and a National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant - will answer important questions on what influences people's risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Findings from DRUID will help health workers detect and treat risk factors for diabetes and heart disease much earlier so as to help people stay strong and live longer.'

Source: Menzies School of Health Research

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Last updated: 19 July 2012
 
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