Lifestyle related disease

Lifestyle Related Disease

Diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease all have a preventable component, much of which centres around healthy lifestyles that focus on eating well, keeping active and maintaining wellbeing. Research in this area takes a number of dimensions from understanding the basic mechanisms behind the development of chronic disease through to observations of health associations in the community, intervention studies to address risk factors and research on best practice health services HIRC is addressing this challenge through a number of research projects including epidemiological and intervention studies. Heart disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia. HIRC seeks to improve primary and secondary prevention of heart disease through population-based and primary health service research.

Researchers

Projects include:

HealthTrack: This study tests the effects of an interdisciplinary lifestyle intervention on chronic disease risk factors amongst volunteer overweight adults in the community aged 25-54yrs. This age group has the greatest rate of weight gain in the Australian population. They stand to benefit from lifestyle change to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors as they enter into healthy aging.