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New diabetes prevention website launched to stop growing diabetes epidemic in Asia

12 Mar 2014


Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) have jointly launched a new diabetes prevention website, the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative, aimed at ending the growing spread of diabetes in Asia.

The website provides research-based evidence for policy makers as well as provides public health professionals, practitioners and the general public quick and easy access to information about the causes of Type 2 diabetes, its consequences, and what can and must be done to decrease the prevalence of diabetes in Asia.

Diabetes is a growing health concern in Asia, owing to the higher susceptibility of Asian populations developing diabetes at a lower body mass index (BMI) than people of European ancestry.

However, most existing online information on diabetes prevention centres on Western settings, explains Assoc Prof Rob van Dam, who leads the Epidemiology domain at SSHSPH and is co-editorial director of the website. "Our website takes into account risk profiles and dietary and lifestyle habits that are common in Asia and can thus provide more relevant information." 

Visit the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative:

http://asiandiabetesprevention.org/ 

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