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Health experts meet for diabetes research project launch

Health experts from Uganda, South Africa, Sweden, Finland and Belgium are involved in the project.

FILE: A blood sugar tester. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Health experts from around the globe on Friday met at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for the launch of an innovative new diabetes research project.

The project has been in the pipeline for the past four years.

Those involved are said to be excited about the future benefits in fighting type 2 diabetes.

The Self-Management and Reciprocal learning for the Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes project is a research project aimed at developing and testing new ways to tackle type 2 diabetes.

Health experts from Uganda, South Africa, Sweden, Finland and Belgium are involved.

Professor David Sanders, from UWC's School of Public Health, said one of the key issues the project would tackle is the poor food environment in disadvantaged communities.

Sanders said this was a key contributor of type 2 diabetes.

Clinical advisor Dr Jacques Snyman predicts that the economic impact of diabetes, as well as its mortality rate, would soon surpass that of HIV and Aids.