Aiming to take the confusion out of food choices for people diagnosed with type 2Â diabetes is the aim of new research at Griffith University.
â€œThere is much confusion about what is the correct diet for people with type 2 diabetes,Â with many taking advice from a whole range of health professionals â€“ as well as familyÂ and friends â€“ much of which can be very conflicting,â€ says research leader Dr LaurenÂ Ball from the Griffith Health Institute on the Gold Coast.
â€œOur aim is to really understand the nutrition care needs of newly diagnosed patients byÂ asking them who they are talking to for advice, how they feel about it, how they areÂ benefitting from it and how information sources can be improved.â€
Taking participants from across Australia who have been diagnosed with the conditionÂ within the last three months, the study is using telephone interviews to gain a broaderÂ understanding of the experiences people have with receiving food and nutrition
â€œIn the first six months after diagnosis, patients often experience changes to theirÂ enjoyment of food whilst trying to follow a recommended diet, and most only temporarilyÂ adhere to dietary modifications.
Understanding is crucial in the first six months
â€œFactors influencing dietary adherence are poorly understood and are often overÂ simplified. Exploring patientsâ€™ experiences of dietary change and their views on theÂ support required to maintain these changes in the crucial first six months after diagnosisÂ will provide valuable insight into the development of better long-term self-managementÂ strategies.
â€œThe information we gather will help us to establish the extent to which people receiveÂ information and support that is helpful in meeting their personal food and nutrition needs,Â and the ways in which people could be better supported by health professionals.â€
Interested participants can become involved in this research by contacting Dr Lauren BallÂ on (07) 5678 7342 or email [email protected]