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Metabolic disease in Polynesian adults and adolescents in New Zealand

4 months
Approved budget:
Dr Jaye Moors
Professor Tony Merriman
Dr Mele Taumoepeau
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Knowledge Translation Grant
Lay summary
Metabolic disease is twice as likely to affect Māori and Pacific peoples in New Zealand compared to the general population. It affects these populations at an earlier age resulting in greater morbidity, disability, and lower life expectancy. This project aimed to (1) evaluate the current physical health status of young Pasifika living in New Zealand, and (2) identify Polynesian-specific genetic variants to metabolic disease in people of Māori and Pasifika descent in New Zealand. The dissemination of the research findings from this project is crucial as these findings will lead to improved understanding and medical approaches for Māori and Pasifika people in New Zealand, as everyone deserves biologically informed healthcare.