March 13, 2017
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Dr. Nida Shaikh is a current VECD fellow researching at the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation in Chennai. Overall, her research will focus on long-term effects of an individualized coordinated care intervention on dietary patterns and cardiovascular risk factors in individuals with co-morbid diabetes and depression: the INDEPENDENT study.

Dr. Shaikh recently spoke at DEBATE 2017 to share baseline results from the INDEPENDENT study in her talk "Dietary, exercise, and substance use practices among adult with diabetes and depression: baseline results from INDEPENDENT study". This INDEPENDENT study is a randomized control trial that aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an integrated multi-condition depression and diabetes care intervention for diabetes patients in four cities in India (Chennai, Delhi, Visakhapatnam, and Bengaluru) who have clinically significant depression symptoms. Dr. Shaikh evaluated the relationship between severity of depression and lifestyle practices (diet, physical activity, and alcohol and tobacco use) among adults with type 2 diabetes in India. The initial conclusions were that severity of depression was associated only with physical activity and alcohol use among adults with type 2 diabetes in India.

For more information on Dr. Shaikh’s research, please refer to our current fellows page.