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

7th International DIP Symposium, Firenze (Italy), March 2013
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
The University of Ottawa Dietetic symposium, Ottawa (Canada), March 2015
76th Scientific Sessions of the ADA, Boston (USA), June 2015
World Diabetes Congress, Vancouver (Canada), December 2015 (3 posters)


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.