The North has some of the highest rates of obesity in the Netherlands
More than 1 million Dutch people have type 2 diabetes, and relative to the rest of the Netherlands, more people in the North are overweight. To help fight obesity, the province of Drenthe is making a contribution of 100,000 euros available to the Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundation to conduct scientific research into type 2 diabetes and being overweight. As reported by the Asser Courant.
The study, called ‘BMI’ (Bellicon Metformin Intervention) will focus on having a more active lifestyle and insulin sensitivity to help reverse early type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes can also contribute to prevention of diabetes, and a general improvement in health. “The research also creates opportunities for talent development and thus retention of young people and students in our region,” says the province.
The study will start in September 2021.