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DYNOPTA - Dynamic Analyses to Optimise Ageing
ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment


AUSTRALIAN diabetes, obesity and lifestyle study (AUSDIAB)

The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study (AusDiab) study is a longitudinal study investigating the natural history of diabetes, pre-diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease since 1999.AusDiab aims to provide a national snapshot of the population’s health by measuring the number of people with diabetes, obesity, hypertension and kidney disease in Australia. By investigating the number of new cases of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease that occur over five years, this study allows us to improve understanding of the factors that increase of risk of these diseases. AusDiab also aims to provide information on Diabetes mellitus, heart disease and health-related behaviour, in order to develop ways of improving people's health and the provision of health services.AusDiab will include:

  • Demographics
  • Anthropometrics (e.g. measurements of height, weight, waist and hip circumference)
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood and urine testing (for diabetes, lipids and renal function)
  • Clinical testing for diabetes complications (e.g. neuropathy and retinopathy, including a retinal photograph)
  • Self-reported disease status
  • Questionnaires on medical history, diet, physical activity and health service utilisation.
Main findings:
  • Each year, more than 100 000 Australian adults develop diabetes.
  • Each year, more than 200 000 Australian adults progress from being overweight to being obese.
  • Every year, 3% of adults developed high blood pressure and almost 1% of adults developed chronic kidney disease manifested by a reduction in kidney function.

The study has received a NHMRC Project Grant for four years, with further funding from Kidney Health Australia (matched by hospital funding), Diabetes Australia and a variety of charities, foundatons and pharmaceutical companies. DYNOPTA Associate Investigator:

DYNOPTA Associate Investigator:

For more information about AusDiab please visit