A large-scale study into diabetes in Aboriginal communities including 4000 Aboriginal people will come to Port Augusta in November.
The Aboriginal Diabetes Study is a large-scale study conducted across South Australia.
The PROPHECY study is a multi-centre and longitudinal study of 4,000 Aboriginal adults aged 15 years and older.
It will compromise 2,000 subjects with T2DM and 2,000 adults without T2DM recruited from 18 population ‘landscapes’ across South Australia.
To track changes in clinical status, diabetic participants will be assessed at baseline then have further information collected yearly.
It aims to determine why some Aboriginal people and communities get diabetes, and predict who will develop complications of diabetes.
The study is conducted by South Australian Health and Medical and Medical Research Institute’s Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit (WARU).
It will work in partnership with academic intuitions across Australia, USA and Denmark. Participants will also receive a comprehensive health assessment.
WARU will then collect health information on Aboriginal people with and without diabetes to help answer the research questions, and refer anyone with any immediate health needs to appropriate care.
T2DM significantly impairs quality and length of life and is now prevalent in the majority of Aboriginal people over the age of 50 years in many communities.
It is increasing in childhood and adolescence and it is thought to be contributing to inter-generational cycles of premature disease through impacts during pregnancy.
For more information about the study visit https://aboriginaldiabetes.com/.