Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Is time-restricted eating the key to tackling the diabetes epidemic?

ACU researcher Evelyn Parr is seeking Melbourne-based participants to take part in a research study exploring whether time-restricted eating can reverse the symptoms of lifestyle-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes.

Dr Parr works within the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research and has been awarded a €50,000 (AUD$78,000) grant from The European Society for Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN) for the next stage of her time-restrained eating study with diabetic men and women.

It will build on her study, currently under review, that looked at the effects that providing meals in a time-restricted pattern had on daily glucose and insulin concentrations.

“We now want to look at it in a population where glucose control is a daily concern,” Dr Parr said.

“With time-restricted feeding you eat over a shorter time window. We will test the effects of this on controlling blood sugars to see if the time on the clock carries greater weight than changing total food intake for improving metabolic disease.”

Take part in the study

Study participants will receive supermarket vouchers for participating, and must meet the following criteria:

  • aged between 35 and 65 y
  • diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
  • not taking glucose medication, or taking up to two oral hypoglycaemic agents for at least 3 months
  • BMI between 25 and 40 kg/m2

Contact Dr Parr for more information about participating in the study – evelyn.parr@acu.edu.au or 03 9230 8278

Visit the study website for further details and to register your interest in participating.

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