India residents build park, exercise more to reduce diabetes risk

September / October 2011 | Volume 10, Issue 5

After the Chennai Urban Population Study showed that 12 percent of residents of a community in western Chennai, India had diabetes and an equal number were pre-diabetic, researchers at the Fogarty-supported Madras Diabetes Research Foundation advised residents to increase their physical activity. (See the related story, Confronting South Asia's diabetes epidemic.)

With no suitable place to exercise, the residents conducted a fund-raising drive and built a park with a walking lane and a playground. A follow-up study showed a decrease in the incidence of diabetes.

 

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