Funding for a five-year project that aims to develop a new type of care package that addresses gaps in support for people under 40 living with Type 2 diabetes, has been awarded to a research team in Leicester.
In the past, type 2 diabetes mostly affected only older adults, but over recent years, the number of people being diagnosed under the age of 40 has increased. Such ‘early-onset’ Type 2 diabetes often occurs alongside other conditions such as obesity and high blood pressure, as well as mental health problems and an increased risk of developing harmful health problems.
However, existing treatments and programmes to help people self-manage their diabetes have been based on evidence from research studies in older people. The new £2.6m project – called ‘M3’ – is designed with people who live with early onset Type 2 diabetes in the hope of developing the best treatment packages and care possible.
Led by Professor Melanie Davies, director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC), the project includes an ambitious range of activities to ensure the research is accessible and relevant to people from a variety of backgrounds, ages and ethnicities, and with different working and family circumstances.
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