The SAADAP is a pilot program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. We have put together this program and are running it for the very first time with a group of teenagers in the Peel Region. We are collecting research throughout the program to determine if our approach is effective, and what needs to be changed to make it better. The study is being led by Dr. Ananya Banerjee and has been approved by University of Toronto Research Ethics Board. The Dalla Lana School of Public Health has partnered with LMC Brampton for this research study.
This research study has been funded by the Lawson Foundation. Click here for more information.
Registration for this program has now closed. We thank all the participants and their families.
SAADAP stands for the "South Asian Adolescent Diabetes Awareness Program."
Individuals originating from South Asian countries (including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh) are at increased risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes compared to people from other parts of the world. Additionally, the risk for developing diabetes increases even more if there is family history of diabetes. This means that South Asian teenagers who have a family history of diabetes (for example, their parent or sibling has Type 2 Diabetes) are a high risk group.
Without proper management of risk factors (things that can increase/decrease risk) while they are young, these teenagers are more likely to grow up and also develop diabetes. The goal of the SAADAP is to teach South Asian teens with family history of diabetes everything they need to know about the disease so that they can build healthy habits as they get older and move into adulthood. We want to give these teens the tools and information they need to make healthy choices for a diabetes-free future.