Barbados chosen for landmark diabetes study

Some of the members of the team who are involved in the pilot project.
Some of the members of the team who are involved in the pilot project.

A pilot study will be implemented in Barbados in late January aimed at reversing Type 2 diabetes, which is said to affect one in every five adults living in the country.

The Barbados Diabetes Reversal Study, funded by Virgin Unite – the non-profit arm of the Virgin Group – will target 25 people, who have been diagnosed with the disease in the past six years.

It seeks to build on research conducted in the United Kingdom by Professor Roy Taylor, who found in 2011 that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed by adopting a low calorie diet, followed by weight maintenance.

Founder of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson told a press conference this morning at the office of the Diabetes Association of Barbados where the study was launched

Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson

that the results could help transform lives.

“This research is a huge step forward in the fight against Type 2 diabetes. The challenge is to discover if the UK findings can be replicated here in Barbados. This is a real opportunity to change the lives of those living with the condition,” he said.

The volunteers will be given a low calorie liquid diet over an eight-week period, along with non-starchy vegetables, accompanied by medical support.

Organizers say the diet will include all vitamins and minerals needed and will be provided at no cost to the participants.

This will be followed by a six-month period, during which a normal healthy diet will resume.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Health, welcomed the study.

“The Barbadian diet is frequently too high in salt, sugar and fat with a high percentage of calories coming from carbohydrate sources. Furthermore, fruit and vegetable consumption, although showing some slight improvement, remains low. It is believed that these factors may be contributing to the heavy chronic disease burden including diabetes, hypertension and some cancers,” she said.

Chief Medial Officer Dr Joy St John
Chief Medial Officer Dr Joy St John

“This study is therefore extremely timely as we strengthen our approach to prevention and control of diabetes. I am fully aware that this study will take place using high ethical standards and Barbadians can feel confident in the integrity of the study results.”

Residents interested in participating in the study are asked to contact or 266 5673.



5 Responses to Barbados chosen for landmark diabetes study

  1. Danielle Reid-Melillo
    Danielle Reid-Melillo December 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Finally some real news for the day! This is great!

  2. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean December 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Carbohydrates in excess without exercise. We got many centenarians. Talk to them.

  3. Pearl Manning
    Pearl Manning December 13, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    At last!

  4. Earlyn Shuffler December 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I am so pleased to hear that we will have this study done in Barbados because people who are suffering with type 2 diabetes need to be shown that it is a lifestyle disease that can be reversed in a matter of 3 – 6 weeks.
    Last month we had the opportunity to attend a presentation by Dr Joel Wallach, who showed that diabetes can be reversed in a few weeks when the bad foods are eliminated (soft drinks, wheat products, sugar and artificial cooking oils etc.) and a comprehensive nutritional supplement regime (90 for life) is added to your diet.
    If you want to learn more about Dr Wallach and the nutritional products he uses to reverse diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, please visit:
    Next month we plan to do a pilot project in Barbados to demonstrate that diabetics, who are on dialysis can reverse their condition and be taken off dialysis in 6 – 12 months.

  5. NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series
    NAKED DEPARTURE - The Trilogy Series December 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Wow! Never thought being the chosen guinea pigs would be so appealing to the educated Bajan. Maybe they’ll test their new drugs and GMO foods on you also…, like killing a couple birds with one stone. What ever happened to Africa….oh, they’re probably too under nourished there. THE WHITE MAN TO THE RESCUE! But, what are they going to tell you that you don’t already know? Eat more fruits/veggies and cut back on the sweet drinks, Banks beer, Mount Gay Rum, macaroni pie/rice, pudding & souse, coo coo, gravy, meat, sweet bread, etc. You don’t know what to do? You really need those white people, pictured, to study 25 poor people (I’m assuming they are not studying the elite)? BWAAHAHAHAHA


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