A city-based research centre will conduct a three-year study in five cities across India on 3,000 borderline diabetes patients from December to determine whether diabetes can be prevented through lifestyle interventions.
Diabetes Endocrine Nutrition Management and Research Centre will conduct a research on people, who are at a high risk of diabetes due to a family history or poor lifestyle, said Sonal Modi, nutritionist and diabetes educator at the centre, on Thursday.
Spread across four centres in the city, groups will be created from among the patients and each will undergo one lifestyle change. Some will be given conventional diet and exercise advice, others will have to include 15g of methi in their diet daily and the third group will have to practise yoga.
“While other things will be the same, these changes will be monitored. It is to find out whether without aggressive medication, diabetes can be prevented or prolonged among patients who are at a high risk, through just these simple interventions,” said Modi.