Local funding for key women's health research

November 24, 2011

The Peninsula Foundation, the charitable arm of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, has secured funding of £15,000 from The Duchy Health Charity for research into Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and diabetes. The research led, by Professor Jonathan Pinkney at the Knowledge Spa campus in Truro, will be the first non commercial medical research to be carried out at the site.

The ground breaking research hopes to improve the health of thousands of women who suffer from PCOS, starting with those suffering from the condition in Cornwall.

Professor Pinkney explained the research aims: "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS for short, is a very common condition affecting young women, although it often goes unrecognised by both women and their doctors. The usual reasons that it may come to light are if a woman develops irregular or absent periods, or expresses concerns about infertility or excessive hair growth.

"However, another longer term and largely neglected consequence for women with PCOS appears to be an increased risk of developing diabetes and possibly heart disease: the reasons for this are currently unclear. This study, supported by The Duchy Health Charity, is investigating the factors that put this group of women at high risk of diabetes, so that attention can be given to the maintenance of good health and the prevention of diabetes."

In this research, women with PCOS are being compared with healthy women without PCOS, in order to understand how the predisposition to diabetes arises. The study involves accurate comparisons of body weight and the distribution of body fat (since these may be important factors), detailed comparisons of a series of different hormones that control blood glucose levels, and comparisons of diet and exercise.

The study also involves interviews with women with PCOS, in order to identify the best ways to reduce their risks of diabetes. The long term aim of this work is to identify which women with PCOS are at highest risk of diabetes and to develop an intervention that will help them reduce this risk and stay healthy.

Dr Emma Styles from the Peninsula Foundation commented: "All of us at Foundation are extremely grateful for support received from The Duchy Health Charity for ground breaking diabetes research at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. It is fantastic to have a local charity supporting work at the Cornwall campus. With around 10 per cent of the annual NHS budget being spent on diabetes care and around 60 per cent of cases with Type 2 diabetes that could be avoided through lifestyle changes, research into helping those more at risk (like those with PCOS) is vital to help improve healthcare"
For more information on the Peninsula Foundation please visit www.peninsulafoundation.org.uk.

The Duchy Health Charity helps to improve health and healthcare in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for more information please visit www.duchyhealthcharity.org.

The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry

Related Diabetes Articles from Brightsurf:

New diabetes medication reduced heart event risk in those with diabetes and kidney disease
Sotagliflozin - a type of medication known as an SGLT2 inhibitor primarily prescribed for Type 2 diabetes - reduces the risk of adverse cardiovascular events for patients with diabetes and kidney disease.

Diabetes drug boosts survival in patients with type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 pneumonia
Sitagliptin, a drug to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetes, also improves survival in diabetic patients hospitalized with COVID-19, suggests a multicenter observational study in Italy.

Making sense of diabetes
Throughout her 38-year nursing career, Laurel Despins has progressed from a bedside nurse to a clinical nurse specialist and has worked in medical, surgical and cardiac intensive care units.

Helping teens with type 1 diabetes improve diabetes control with MyDiaText
Adolescence is a difficult period of development, made more complex for those with Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM).

Diabetes-in-a-dish model uncovers new insights into the cause of type 2 diabetes
Researchers have developed a novel 'disease-in-a-dish' model to study the basic molecular factors that lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, uncovering the potential existence of major signaling defects both inside and outside of the classical insulin signaling cascade, and providing new perspectives on the mechanisms behind insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes and possibly opportunities for the development of novel therapeutics for the disease.

Tele-diabetes to manage new-onset diabetes during COVID-19 pandemic
Two new case studies highlight the use of tele-diabetes to manage new-onset type 1 diabetes in an adult and an infant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Genetic profile may predict type 2 diabetes risk among women with gestational diabetes
Women who go on to develop type 2 diabetes after having gestational, or pregnancy-related, diabetes are more likely to have particular genetic profiles, suggests an analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

Maternal gestational diabetes linked to diabetes in children
Children and youth of mothers who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk of diabetes themselves, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Two diabetes medications don't slow progression of type 2 diabetes in youth
In youth with impaired glucose tolerance or recent-onset type 2 diabetes, neither initial treatment with long-acting insulin followed by the drug metformin, nor metformin alone preserved the body's ability to make insulin, according to results published online June 25 in Diabetes Care.

People with diabetes visit the dentist less frequently despite link between diabetes, oral health
Adults with diabetes are less likely to visit the dentist than people with prediabetes or without diabetes, finds a new study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine.

Read More: Diabetes News and Diabetes Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.