There are several ways in which diet can be modified to optimise blood sugar control. The current recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes are based on the available evidence and include strategies such as portion control and modifying the type and quantity of carbohydrates consumed. Emerging research focusing on the effects of fasting (i.e. the timing of eating) on blood glucose and insulin control, has demonstrated that the time at which we consume food/beverages plays an important role in regulating our bodies normal (circadian) rhythms. Time-restricted eating (TRE), whereby time spent eating across the day is reduced, has shown positive outcomes as a dietary regimen for improving acute insulin sensitivity and glucose response to meals. Due to the current lack of evidence in this area, recommendations place little emphasis on the timing of eating. We are assessing the efficacy of a TRE pattern compared to well-researched and widely accepted dietary advice specific to type 2 diabetes.

Participation in this study involves attending our laboratory in Fitzroy for baseline testing, including a glucose tolerance test and body composition scan, before being randomised to follow either current diet guidelines or a TRE pattern for 6 months. You’ll receive free consults with an experienced Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and your individual results.

To be eligible for this study you must:

There are some additional exclusion criteria relating to things such as medications you may take and your current dietary habits. If you meet the criteria above, please get in touch so a researcher can ask questions to determine if you fit the full inclusion criteria.

Benefits of participation include:

  • FREE dietary consults with an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD)
  • use of the new minimally invasive Freestyle Libre continuous glucose monitor
  • receiving individual test results including continuous glucose monitoring, glucose tolerance and body composition analysis
  • finding out about your diet and activity levels
  • reimbursement

To find out more, please fill in the following information and a researcher will contact you shortly.

For more information please contact Bridget (bridget.radford@acu.edu.au ; 03 9230 8284).

This study has been approved by the ACU Human Research Ethics Committee (2019-359HC).

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