Aired at 3pm each Tuesday, Show Us your PhD is a 1233 ABC Newcastle’s radio series used to promote and share postgraduate research.

This week, University of Newcastle PhD candidate Elroy Aguiar was in the studio to speak with host Paul Bevan about preventing type 2 diabetes with resistance training.

With our country’s expanding waistlines and men’s reluctance to get involved in preventative health programs, Australian men face a particularly high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Elroy is a third year PhD student at the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, whose research aims to use diet, exercise and resistance to help men at high risk of type 2 diabetes.  

It was Elroy’s experience as research lab assistant during his undergraduate degree in biomedical science that sparked his interest and gave him experience in working on obesity and the health, nutrition and fitness in populations at risk of type 2 diabetes

Elroy’s PhD study involves the development of a new program that takes a novel approach to prevention for men at risk of type 2 diabetes.

The PULSE program consists of a diet-and-exercise resource package combined with a home-based exercise routine.

While traditional approches have involved diet and aerobic exercise, the Pulse program follows the latest guidelines and  includes resistance training. If successful, the program could be adopted into community health care centres and general practice surgeries.

Listen to Elroy’s conversation with ABC Drive’s Paul Bevan here.