Families Defeating Diabetes (FDD): Canadian Intervention for family-centered diabetes prevention following gestational diabetes (GDM) (LT10-334)

Main Institution:

Stacey Larizza, Lawson Research Institute, London, Ontario (Canada)

Other Institutions:

The University of Calgary, The University of Victoria (Canada)

Principal Investigator:


Other Investigators:

L.Donovan; D.Miller

Locations of the project:

London, Calgary and Victoria (Canada)

Amount allocated:

USD 385, 979


July 1, 2011 - March 31, 2015


No evidence-based, evaluated, population-appropriate resources exist to translate Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) primary prevention messages to Canadians. Significant barriers to such large-scale interventions include

- the need to identify, then target specific at-risk populations

- significant time-delays before any program effects on T2DM incidence may manifest. 

However, women with gestational diabetes (GDM) are a readily identifiable study cohort at significant risk for recurrent GDM and T2DM—hence GDM women provide important opportunities for rigorous, timely diabetes prevention intervention studies. We propose FDD (Families Defeating Diabetes), a Canadian diabetes prevention intervention uniquely targeting women with recent GDM in the context of their families.

Results to date:


"Reducing diabetes risk after gestational diabetes" Diabetes Voice June 2014

75th Scientific Sessions of the ADA, San Francisco (USA), June 2014
17th Canadian Diabetes Assocation/Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism Annual meeting, Winnipeg (Canada), October 2014

BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.