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The control of diabetes through weight loss in Indigenous Australians



Previous research studies by the Monash University Centre for Obesity Research and Education have shown that weight loss leads to improvements in type 2 diabetes for non-Indigenous people.

The aim of this study is to test if the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) approach to weight loss and diabetes treatment is an acceptable option for Indigenous people, and if they will be able to follow the compliance needs to achieve a good result. Researchers hope to recruit a total of 30 Indigenous people to take part in the study. Participants will need to be living in the region of Shepparton and attending the Rumbalara Health Service.

There has been a mean excess weight loss of 51%. Up to January 2012 19 patients (63%) were in remission of their diabetes (normal biochemistry and no treatment), eight were on oral hypoglycaemics and three required insulin.

A number of issues to compliance and acceptance were identified. Completion of the two years of follow up began in November, 2011 and was completed in August 2012.

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Centre for Obesity Research and Education
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Melbourne VIC 3004
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Last updated: 30 July 2015
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