A health drive to get older people from Bedfordshire to become more active is being launched as part of a Europe-wide study.
Men and women aged 70 years and over from the area are being invited to take part in ground-breaking research involving exercise and nutrition.
The aim is to find the best way to treat older people who suffer from various age-related conditions in a bid to improve their quality of life.
Chief investigator, Professor Alan Sinclair from Diabetes Frail based at the Medici Medical Centre in Luton, said: “We want to see what is the most beneficial way to prevent disability in older adults who are physically frail and suffer from sarcopaenia, which is a condition that reduces the bulk of muscle mass and strength in the legs as a result of ageing.
“We are hugely excited to be participating in this three-year study, which is part of a major European project involving 1,500 people across nine different countries.
Researchers are hoping people who are feeling weak and fatigued and have reduced their physical activity will get in touch and agree to participate in the initiative.
The Sarcopaenia & Physical fRailty iN older people (SPRINTT) study will try to identify the specific characteristics of frailty and test whether it can be prevented using a treatment programme that combines exercise, dietary advice and modern technologies.
The research is being funded by the European Commission and is being supported by Active Luton, which is a charitable trust that strives to improve the lives of Luton’s residents whatever their age, ability, way of life or culture.
Helen Barnett, the Chief Executive of Active Luton, said: “We are proud to support such an important study, which we believe will benefit the people of the town and beyond.
“We are always trying to find interesting ways to get people in the area on their feet and exercising. We firmly believe being active can help people both physically and mentally, whatever age they are.”
Diabetes Frail is a top not-for-profit research and educational organisation which explores the emergence of frailty in ageing populations and its association with diabetes.