ASIAN INDIAN PREDIABETES STUDY (AIPS)

Weight loss

We are looking for volunteers for a six-month weight loss and diabetes prevention study! 


There is no one-size-fits-all diet or exercise approach for improving health or preventing disease and this study differs from other diabetes studies by testing a tailored diet and exercise intervention that specifically targets the metabolic risk factors that predispose Indians to developing diabetes. It is a six-month diet and exercise, weight- loss intervention study for men and women of Indian race with prediabetes.

Throughout the study, participants will be provided access to planned meals, receive regular support from a dietitian and attend exercise classes at a gym – at no cost to them.

An important question that we hope to answer from this study is whether one intervention confers greater advantages for diabetes prevention in Indians. If one intervention is more effective for helping Indians improve insulin secretion and sensitivity, and leads to more favourable changes in weight and body fat distribution assessed using state-of-the art magnetic resonance imaging, these significant improvements in glucose tolerance and other diabetes-related clinical parameters will have important implications on diet and lifestyle recommendations for diabetes prevention in Indians, who have a higher risk of developing diabetes.


Who are we looking for?

  • Indian men and women with prediabetes*
  • Aged 21 to 50; overweight (BMI of 25 to 35); and non-smokers
  • Keen to exercise and follow an assigned weight loss diet
  • No allergy to nuts; and willing to consume meat and dairy
  • Not anaemic; and no history of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, liver disease or stroke
  • No metal implants in the body
  • Willing to attend study visits at NUS (Kent Ridge)

*Blood sugar levels higher than normal, but lower than the diabetes range.

What should I expect? 

  • Dietary advice, planned meals and food samples
  • Gym exercise classes
  • Body fat imaging scans; and keeping food records, collection of urine, stool and blood

You will be reimbursed for transportation costs to attend study visits. 

Click here for more details on the study.

To find out more, please call us at (+65) 9012 8748 / (+65) 6601 1972, email us at hd.research@sics.a-star.edu.sg, or simply fill in the form below. 

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