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Major new diabetes study gets underway

Cardiff University is set to play a key role in a newly launched multi-national MID-Frail Study which will focus on frail older people with diabetes.

Supported by the European Union with funding of €6 million, the MID-Frail Study will run for four years and will investigate how a combined nutritional, exercise and educational intervention programme might improve the health and well-being of people over the age of 70 years with type 2 diabetes and who are becoming frail.

Professors Antony Bayer and Kerry Hood will lead the Cardiff workpackage on data collection, management and analysis.

Professor Bayer said: ‘This is a novel approach to a challenging clinical problem. If successful, the trial should have a major impact on how we manage this increasingly common condition.”

Involving researchers from 16 organisations in seven countries across Europe, including Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic and the UK, the study will follow more than 1700 patients in 59 centres.

The project is co-ordinated by Professor Leocadio Rodríguez Mañas, Head of Geriatric Medicine at the Hospital Universitário de Getafe, Spain and Professor Alan Sinclair, Director of the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP) at the University of Bedfordshire, UK.

This week saw the driving force behind the project gathered at the Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA) in Tudela, northern Spain, as they prepare to initiate the programme later this year. The meeting was attended by over 30 scientists, physicians and analysts and was hosted by Professor Mikel Izquierdo of the Department of Health Sciences at UPNA.

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