AusDiab to study impact of environment on health

THE ONGOING AusDiab study will for the first time assess the health impact of environmental factors such as access to green space and proximity to fast food outlets.

Some 8300 participants will take part in the third round of the study, funded by the NHMRC, to measure blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, and assess diet and other lifestyle factors.

Researchers led by Professor Paul Zimmet from the Baker IDI, Melbourne, will for the first time use geocoding to determine each participant’s access to lifestyle-enhancing amenities by assessing the built environment near their residential address.