Diabetics studied

2015-06-04 06:01

Members of the popular all-female group, 3 Tons of Fun, underwent an exercise intervention aimed at curbing obesity and other related illnesses.

Members of the popular all-female group, 3 Tons of Fun, underwent an exercise intervention aimed at curbing obesity and other related illnesses.

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The Medical Research Council and the University of Cape Town will be running a 12-week exercise-training programme in obese Xhosa women, and to examine specific factors linked to the changes in diabetes risk.

The programme will be held at the David Flude Memorial Church in Site B.

According to Julia Goedecke the focus of their research is on non-communicable diseases, in particular risk for diabetes in bla women.

“ We are about to start a research study that aims to measure changes in the risk for diabetes response to a 12-week exercise-training programme in obese black South African women, and to examine specific factors linked to the changes in diabetes risk,” she said.

For this study, they aim to recruit 40 obese black women living in Khayelitsha who will undergo a 12-week intervention with intensive medical tests for one week prior to the session.

“The women will be randomly assigned to an exercise group or a control group. The exercise group will be required to complete four exercise sessions per week for the 12-week period.

The control group will be required to maintain their normal activity levels,” she added.

Why is the study being done?

Within South Africa, there are many people living with diabetes, with black women being the most affected, especially those who are carrying extra body weight (obese).

Many studies in other countries have shown that exercise training reduces the risk for diabetes.

However, there are no studies in South Africa that have studied this.

This study will help us understand the various factors that may cause diabetes in obese black women, including factors within the muscle, fat and blood, as well as lifestyle factors including food intake, activity levels and family history.

Members of the popular all-female music group, 3 Tons of Funs underwent a similar exercise last year and they believe “it’s a very important study”.

Bulelwa Bee Sakayi said there were many women that are living with diabetes.

“This will help those who are carrying extra body weight. I urge women who are big to consider taking part in this study,” she said.

Julia said all obese women between the ages of 20 and 35 years are welcome to participate.

“If women can fulfil the our selection criteria they will be able to take part in the study.

Amongst other things they must not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding, non smoking,”she said.

Participants will receive R3730 to compensate for transportation and their time aftre they successfuly complete the training.

If you are interested in taking part in the study and would like additional information: Nandi Sinyanya: 021-6504575 or 0785145785 / nandipha.sinyanya@uct.ac.za

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