Diabetes – a major health challenge
Diabetes is a chronic disease that impacts millions of lives across the globe and is one of the major health challenges of this century. Research is critical in helping us develop new evidence-based policies to help change this situation. Beta is working with eminent research groups across Europe and Australia to help them to synthesise and translate research outcomes into policy options.
How we are supporting diabetes projects
Our communications and policy experts are working in some inspiring collaborations, funded by the EU’s research programme Horizon 2020.
DynaHEALTH, which concluded in 2019, focused on how we can reduce our risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes in later life. The Beta team coordinated the development of a publication aimed at healthcare policymakers to share recommendations from the research. One of the key findings was identifying an opportunity at pre-school age where intervention is key to contributing to reducing the risks of disease in later life. This age group is often overlooked by healthcare systems and is a critical stage in a child’s development. To find out more you can access the policy recommendations here.
One of our current health projects is Bump2Baby and Me. It will trial an innovative health coaching app for pregnant women at risk of gestational diabetes, a condition which causes complications in pregnancy and can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes in later life for both mum and baby.
Another, LongITools, is investigating how our living environment interacts with our genetics and biology, and how this then affects our risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes.