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  • Research collaboration with Universities

    DASL supported external research programmes conducted by the following Universities

    • University of Moratuwa and Colombo University - A pilot study "Early detection of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy using tortuosity measurements of blood vessels in the retina and bulbar conjunctiva"
  • General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University. - "Correlation between main anthropometric measurements and HbAlc and fasting blood sugar levels among patients at NDC, Sri Lanka".
  • University of Colombo. Study in progress - HbAlc tests to see "the effects of Ceylon Cinnamon in patients with diabetes".

"Diabrisk-sl " : Evaluation of risk factors in the development of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and correction through non pharmocological  Life Style Modification in Young Urban Sri Lankan Population

The study objective was aimed at reducing the burden of T2DM with a low cost primary prevention strategy.

It was a Randomised control parallel group clinical trial based on cluster sampling. 23,296 (5-40 yrs) healthy young (males 47%)  urban subjects were screened for 4 risk factors (RFs): ↑BMI, ↑Waist circumference (WC), ↓Physical Activity (PA), and family history (FH). Based on the first screening, subjects with ≥2Risk factors were 23%  (n = 5164) 4682 volunteered to be followed up with advice on Intensive-Life style modification [Study ] (3 monthly n= 2352) and Less Intensive –Life style modification  [Control ] (12 monthly  n= 2330).



  • 23% had 2 or more risk factors
  • Physical Inactivity 39%;>WC 31.7%; first degree family history 26.2%;>BMI 20.9%
  • Dysglycaemia <20yrs - 8.2%, [DM + pre-DM] >20yr - 22.1% and Overall- 15.3%

 Final results:

  • RELATIVE RISK REDUCTION [RRR] in new onset of  type 2 Diabetes 26%
  • RRR of IGT 18%
  • Primary endpoints 9% 
  • Regression from prediabetes to normoglycaemia 50%

Diabrisk-sl is a study carried out by the diabetes Association of Sri Lanka in collaboration with Metabolic Unit of  Kings College London -UK

This project was supported by a BRIDGES Grant from the International Diabetes Federation. BRIDGES, an International Diabetes Federation project, was supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes and a grant awarded from the Diabetes Association of Sri Lanka.





  1. DIABRISK-SL Prevention of cardio-metabolic disease with lifestyle modification in young urban Sri Lankan's - study protocol for a randomized controlled trial (Wijesuriya et al. Trials 2011)
  2. High Prevalence of Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors in a Young Urban Sri-Lankan Population (Wijesuriya et al. PLoS ONE 2012)


Here are a few interesting facts about diabetes and it’s penetration throughout the world.

  • There is NO CURE for diabetes
  • Adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity can reduce the development of Type 2 Diabetes by upto 80%
  • Type 2 diabetes is increasing in pandemic proportions in every country


  • In 2014, 387 million people (8.3%) worldwide were affected by diabetes and 316 million people (6.9%) were affected by Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT). 
  • In 2035 the numbers are expected to rise to 592 million (10.1%) for diabetes and 471 million (8%) for IGT by 2035.
  • 77% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries
  • The greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40 and 59 years of age
  • 179 million people with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • Diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths in 2013; Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes
  • More than 79,000 children developed type 1 diabetes in 2013
  • More than 21 million live births were affected by diabetes during pregnancy in 2013
  • 50% or more of people with diabetes die of cardio vascular disease, heart and strokes.
  • 12.5 million people develop blindness each year due to diabetes
  • 1Diabetes is responsible for over 1 million amputations each year.
  • 120% of people with diabetes die of renal failure.
  • 1More than 2.5 million people worldwide are affected by diabetic retinopathy.


  • In Africa, 5.1% or 22 million persons have diabetes while 76% of deaths due to diabetes are in people under the age of 60.
  • Europe has the highest prevalence of type 1 diabetes in children.
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, 1 in 10 adults has diabetes – 35 million.
  • More was spent on healthcare for diabetes in North America and the Caribbean than in any other region.
  • In South and Central America, the number of people with diabetes will increase by 60% by 2035.
  • In South-East Asia, 75 million persons live with diabetes while more than 50% of persons are unaware that they have diabetes. 
  • In the Western Pacific, 138 million adults have diabetes with the largest number 98.4 million from China.


Over 20 years;

  • 2010 - Rural 8.7% ; Urban 16.4% overall 10.3% = 2.1 million – Katulanda et al.
  • Dysglycaemia [ prediabetes and diabetes] 21.8% = 4.3 million – Katulanda et al.
  • 100 persons die of diabetes and heart disease daily – 30% of all cause deaths.

Diabrisk-SL: Urban young  under 5-40 yrs [ 2008-2013]

  • 23%  - 2 or more risk factors.
  • Risk factors identified :- Pysical inactivity 39%, > waist 31.7%, , Familly Histoty 26.2%, > BMI 20.9%
  • At baseline Dysglycaemia<20 yrs  - 8.2%; >20 yrs - 22.1% Overall -15.3%
  • Persons with 2 or more risk factors were followed up for 4 years with Intensive Lifestyle modification - results 
  • relative risk reduction [RRR] of new onset T2DM - 26%
  • RRR of newonset of IGT - 18%
  • > 50% regression from Prediabetes to normoglycaemia


Screening Packages

Standard Screening Package

Includes FBS / Lipid Profile / HbA1c / Serum creatinine /Urine Albumin/Urine Sugar / Urine albumin creatine ratio / ECG /Eye check including fundal photography / Neuropathy Assessment / Full physical assessment / Doctor’s Consultation

Executive Screening Package

Includes FBS / Lipid Profile / HbA1c / Liver Profile / Renal Profile / ECG / Eye check including fundal photography / Neuropathy Assessment / Full physical assessment / Doctor’s Consultation