A Community-Based Lifestyle Intervention Targeting Type II Diabetes Risk Factors in an Australian Aboriginal Population: A Feasibility Study

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Rankin, P., Morton, D., Kent, L., & Mitchell, B. G. (2016). A community-based lifestyle intervention targeting type II diabetes risk factors in an Australian Aboriginal population: A feasibility study. Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin, 16(3), 1-5. Retrieved from http://healthbulletin.org.au/articles/a-community-based-lifestyle-intervention-targeting-type-ii-diabetes-risk-factors-in-an-australian-aboriginal-population-a-feasibility-study

ISSN: 1445-7253


111104 Public Nutrition Intervention| 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health| 111706 Epidemiology| 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)| 111716 Preventive Medicine

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Objectives: To examine the responsiveness of an Aboriginal cohort to a community-based lifestyle intervention targeting risk factors for type II diabetes.

Methods: A Pre-test/post-test cohort study conducted in two rural Australian locations: Port Augusta, South Australia and Drouin, Victoria. The cohort consisted of 25 individuals of Aboriginal descent (mean age = 44.4 ± 12.3 yrs, age range = 25-70 yrs, 7 males/18 females). The intervention used was the Complete Health Improvement Program, involving 11 group sessions conducted over a one-month period, which promoted a low-fat plant-based diet and physical activity. The main outcomes measured were changes in body weight, fasting plasma glucose (FPG), lipid profile and blood pressure (BP).

Results: Over the 4 week intervention mean body weight decreased by 3.1 kg (95% CI 2.26 to 4.06), a 3.5% reduction from baseline (p 5.5 mmol/L at baseline showed a 23.6% reduction in mean FPG (7.82 mmol/L to 5.97 mmol/L, p=0.005) and a 4.12% reduction in body weight (98.85 kg to 94.78 kg, p

Conclusion: This feasibility study showed that a lifestyle intervention promoting a low-fat eating pattern combined with physical activity reduced risk factors associated with type II diabetes in a rural Aboriginal cohort when conducted in their usual living environment.

Implications: There is potential for committee-based lifestyle interventions to improve the health risk profile of Aboriginal participants.


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