DEMOJUAN - Demonstration area for primary prevention of type 2 diabetes, JUAN Mina and Soledad, Barranquilla, Colombia (LT09-258)

Main institution:
Centro de Investigacion en Salud (CIS)

Other institutions:
Alcadía de Barranquilla (Municipality of Barranquilla)
Universidad Libre Seccional Atlántico
University Atlántico
University San Martin

Principal investigator:
Jaakko Tuomilehto

Other investigators:
Astrid Arrieta Molinares; Carlos Ricaurte Rojas; Tania Matilde Acosta Vergara; Noel Christopher Barengo; Rafael Gabriel Sanchez; Jesus Iglesias

Location of the project:
Barranquilla, Colombia

Amount allocated:
USD 400,000

01 July , 2010 - 28 July, 2015

The main aim of this study is to investigate to what extent it is possible to reach normal glucose metabolism and optimal cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor levels with early lifestyle interventions in people at high risk of type 2 diabetes compared with those who receive standard therapy (usual care) only. The project will show the effect of these interventions for the first time in people of low socio-economic levels living in a Caribbean environment.

Results to date:

6th World Congress on Prevention of diabetes and its Complications, Dresden (Germany), April 2010
World Diabetes Congress, Dubai (UAE), December 2013
7th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications, Madrid (Spain), November 2012
Latin America Course on Prevention of type 2 diabetes, Mexico city (Mexico), 2012
7th Colombian Diabetes Congress, Paipa (Colombia), 2013


"Building expertise in nutrition and behaviour in the Colombian Caribbean: Promising advances  against diabetes" Diabetes Voice, June 2011

"Guerra a la diabetes en el Distrito con aliados europeos" El Heraldo January 21, 2013

"Screening for people with glucose metabolism disorders within the framework of the DEMOJUAN project (DEMOnstration area for primary prevention of type 2 diabetes, JUAN Mina and Barranquilla, Colombia" Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews, 2013 Sep 2. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.2462


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.