Are you, or is someone you know, at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes?

Published: Monday 2nd May 2016

Are you, or is someone you know, at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes?

The research team from the Centre of Exercise and Nutrition at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health research are conducting research to investigate how continuous sitting affects the blood sugar levels of individuals with pre-diabetes after eating different sized meals.

While there is some thinking that eating larger meals at the end of the day may contribute to the development of obesity and other comorbidities such as Type 2 diabetes, there is very little scientific evidence to support this.

Furthermore, several recent studies have shown that time spent in prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour (i.e. sitting) may have numerous adverse health effects. A new question we would now like to investigate is whether varying eating patterns during prolonged sitting has different effects on the regulation of blood sugar levels.

Benefits to participation

  • Various metabolic tests (oral glucose tolerance test, body composition analysis, fasting glucose, insulin, fats and appetite hormones) which will be reported to you in an individual report at the conclusion of your participation in the study.
  • Participants can complete work activities on their own personal computers if required throughout the trial days.
  • Advancing medical research.
  • Two days of food provided at no personal cost.
  • Compensation is provided for your time in the study to offset travel/parking expenses.

Who can participate?

  • Males and females aged 45- 65 years
  • Live a sedentary lifestyle (very little to no regular exercise)
  • Be willing to be tested for pre-diabetes status
  • Be able to attend the ACU Fitzroy campus on at least five occasions (twice for a 9 hour trial days) over a 3-4 week period.


For more information please contact:

Miss Evelyn Parr


Phone: 03 9230 8278