Jim I. Mann

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Insulin resistance (IR), or low insulin sensitivity, is a major risk factor in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A simple, high resolution assessment of IR would enable earlier diagnosis and more accurate monitoring of intervention effects. Current assessments are either too intensive for clinical settings (Euglycaemic Clamp,(More)
BACKGROUND Previous work has suggested that the number of permanent play facilities in school playgrounds and school-based policies on physical activity can influence physical activity in children. However, few comparable studies have used objective measures of physical activity or have had little adjustment for multiple confounders. METHODS Physical(More)
The quick dynamic insulin sensitivity test (DISTq) can yield an insulin sensitivity result immediately after a 30-min clinical protocol. The test uses intravenous boluses of 10 g glucose and 1 U insulin at t = 1 and 11 min, respectively, and measures glucose levels in samples taken at t = 0, 10, 20, and 30 min. The low clinical cost of the protocol is(More)
Insulin sensitivity (SI) is useful in the diagnosis, screening and treatment of diabetes. However, most current tests cannot provide an accurate, immediate or real-time estimate. The DISTq method does not require insulin or C-peptide assays like most SI tests, thus enabling real-time, low-cost SI estimation. The method uses a posteriori parameter(More)
BACKGROUND New Zealand rates of obesity and overweight have increased since the 1980s, particularly among indigenous Māori people, Pacific people and those living in areas of high deprivation. New Zealand's response to the obesity epidemic has been The Healthy Eating-Healthy Action: Oranga Kai - Oranga Pumau (HEHA) Strategy ('the Strategy'), launched in(More)
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