CLINICAL RESEARCH: A consultant and diabetes specialist from Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust has won a prestigious award for research into the impact of diet on Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Rob Andrews and his co-researchers looked at whether intensive modifications to newly diagnosed patients’ diet, or changing their diet and adding physical exercise, could lead to improvements over the usual care for people with diabetes.

They found that an intensive diet intervention can improve glycaemic control, but adding exercise did not lead to additional benefit.

The study won the Royal College of General Practitioners and Novartis Research Paper of the Year award.

Award panel chair, Professor Frank Sullivan, said: “The recommendations which stem from the results of this paper could very quickly be applied in day-to-day working life within GP practices working with other colleagues in the service.”