23 June 2020

Diabetes Prevention: First Findings From The Preview Population Studies

PREVIEW is an acronym of PREVention of diabetes through lifestyle Intervention and population studies in Europe and around the world to identify the most efficient lifestyle pattern for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in a population pre-diabetic overweight or obese individuals.

Identifying and treating individuals with pre-diabetes is important. The PREVIEW diabetes prevention project – the first and largest of its kind – was designed to determine the most efficient way to prevent type-2 diabetes, T2D, in people at high risk.

The PREVIEW project aims to improve the health of the population by defining a dietary regime, which in combination with physical activity can prevent the escalation of diabetes and its complications.

The GI Foundation have contributed over $300K to the PREVIEW study. The Study is closely aligned with our mission to help people lead a healthier life through the translation and adoption of scientifically-based low GI eating principles and our investment in glycemic index-led research.

Project coordinator, Professor Anne Raben from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, explained: “Our preliminary findings show that there are far less type-2 diabetes cases than we expected after three years intervention. This suggests that an eight-week weight loss period with subsequent weight maintenance strategies are very effective means of preventing T2D.

Professor Edith Feskens from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, says: “In our global population data set, we see that individuals with diets that are lower in GI and higher in vegetable protein have a lower risk of developing diabetes”.

Prof Jennie Brand-Miller concludes: “Our results are important in our search for realistic, inexpensive, ‘real world’ solutions to curb the epidemic of obesity and diabetes”.

The PREVIEW consortium includes 15 partners from eight European (Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland) and three overseas countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand). The USA and Sweden are also involved as scientific advisors.

For more information visit:  previewstudy.com


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