Pre-diabetes study

Million dollar research for pre-diabetes study on Pacific youth

Dr. Riz Firestone has been awarded almost $1 million from the Health Research Council to set up a programme involving Pacific youth in Auckland and South Waikato.

Pre-diabetes is a stage of higher blood glucose level that isn't high enough to be considered diabetes, but could lead to it if untreated. 

PRN reports the rate of pre-diabetes for Pacific youth is 13.6 per cent compared to 7 per cent for European youth.

Dr. Firestone says it's important to engage Pacific youth on this topic.