Rowett scientists examining ways to prevent or postpone Type 2 Diabetes

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute are hoping to find a way to prevent or postpone the onset of Type 2 Diabetes - but require volunteers to help them with their research.

A team from the Rowett Institute are examining whether food supplements containing bilberry and grape seed extract could lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels in individuals that may be at risk of developing the disease because of their age or their BMI.

The team also want to record whether characteristics such as gender, age, body weight, genes and lifestyle factors play a part in how our bodies respond to the supplements.

Baukje de Roos from the Rowett Institute, who is leading the study, commented: “Type 2 Diabetes is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease,  therefore preventing it at an early stage is important.  By improving glucose and lipid markers in the blood, we are hoping to postpone or prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes.

“However, in order to test our theory we really need help from members of the public, who might be willing to volunteer to take part in our research study.

“For this particular study we require volunteers who are 45 years or older with a BMI higher than 28. Participants should be either healthy or pre-diabetic.

“More information about the requirements of the study, and what taking part in the research will entail, can be found on our webpage. Alternatively, if anyone would like discuss it with a member of the team, I would encourage them to give us a call.”

For more information, please visit https://www.abdn.ac.uk/rowett/volunteer/precise_study.php or contact Dr Nigel Hoggard on 01224 438655 and Teresa Grohmann on 01224 438748.