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Healthy ageing

1. Diabetes risk factors - your free health check.

  • Are you worried about diabetes?
  • Does one or both of  your parents have the disease?
  • Would you like to know if you are at risk of developing diabetes?
Sign up for our free health check today!

About the study

We are conducting an unique study on the risk factors of diabetes in Caucasians and South-Asians (Indian, Sri-Lankan, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi). The study has already received ethics approval from Aston University

The examination requires a glucose test, a series of non-invasive tests of the arm and eye, and a 24-hr heart rate and blood pressure monitor. A blood sample is also required.

Who are we looking for?

Healthy individuals, aged between 25-65 years, with or without a family history of diabetes in one/both parents.

Find out more


Contact Sunni Patel on patels8@aston.ac.uk or Dr Doina Gherghel at d.gherghel@aston.ac.uk.

2. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - risks of heart disease and strokes


Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the modern western world. People with the disease are also at higher risk for developing stroke or heart disease.
  • Are you worried about AMD?
  • Would you like to know if you are at risk of a stroke or heart disease? 
  • Have you 9or anyone you know) recently been diagnosed with AMD and are worried about the associated issues?

About the study

We are conducting a study on the vascular health in people diagnosed with AMD. The study has received ethical approval from Aston University.

The study will involve taking a blood sample; along with non-invasive assessments of the vascular health at the eye, wrist and neck levels. A 24-hour blood pressure and heart activity profile will also be investigated.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for participants who have been diagnosed with this disease, but are otherwise fit and healthy and aged over 50 years with.

Find out more

Contact Lu Qin on qinl@aston.ac.uk or Dr Doina Gherghel at d.gherghel@aston.ac.uk.

3. Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease – possible links?

Glaucoma is a blinding disease affecting 90 million people worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting 24 million people worldwide. Both conditions are thought to disturb circulation and normal blood vessel function in a similar way.

Have you just been diagnosed with glaucoma?Are you being treated for glaucoma but the disease is still getting worse?Do you know someone who suffers from either glaucoma or Alzheimer’s disease? Would you like to know if you are at risk?

 About the study

We are conducting a unique study looking at vascular health in both glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease patients in order to try and gain a better understanding of the causes of each condition and their possible links.

The study involves taking a blood sample along with a series of non-invasive tests looking at the vascular health of the eye, arm, wrist and neck. A 24 hour heart rate and blood pressure monitor is also fitted.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for: Otherwise healthy individuals who have either just been diagnosed with glaucoma or whose glaucoma is progressing despite treatment; Otherwise healthy individuals with early mild dementia, and; Completely healthy individuals who would like to know if they are at risk

Find out more

Contact Stephanie Mroczkowska on mroczksa@aston.ac.uk or Dr Doina Gherghel at d.gherghel@aston.ac.uk

 

 

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