Leicester scientists investigate link between diabetes and heart damage

Posted by ap507 at Dec 11, 2014 09:45 AM |
University research team searches for new ways to treat young diabetics

A research team from the University hopes to reveal why young people with Type-2 diabetes develop heart damage.

Using a sample of 100 young adults, the research team will experiment with different treatments to see which proves most effective. These treatments will focus on changes to the patients’ lifestyles, including their diet and how often they exercise.

Professor Melanie Davies (pictured) Director of the Diabetes Research Centre plays a leading role in the research effort. She noted: “We have seen a dramatic increase in the numbers of people developing Type-2 diabetes at a younger age. Our previous work has shown that younger people already have evidence of heart damage. We want to see if we can intervene and reverse these really worrying changes.”

Researchers will use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to analyse the results of the different treatments. Eventually, they hope to develop these treatments to reduce the risk of diabetics needing serious medical treatment for heart failure.