A new programme led by researchers from the University of Glasgow will investigate weight loss treatment for those suffering from long Covid.
The research team will test whether a remote weight-management programme can improve symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness and pains for those with long Covid who are overweight or obese.
Led by Dr Emilie Combet and Dr David Blane, the Remote Diet Intervention to reduce long Covid symptoms Trial (ReDIRECT) have been awarded £1million by the National Institure for Health Research.
ReDIRECT is one of 15 new studies across UK to expand research that will support thousands of vulnerable people and those affected by the coronavirus.
Around 10% of people infected with Covid-19 have symptoms for 12 weeks or longer (long Covid). There are, as yet, no established treatments for people living with this continuation of the disease.
Researchers currently do not know how effective intentional weight loss is to reduce these symptoms for overweight people with long Covid.
Dr David Blane, Clinical Research Fellow in General Practice & Primary Care said: “We’re delighted to be doing this research, working closely with people affected by long Covid.
“We know that people with long Covid are frustrated by the lack of treatment and support options currently available.”
The research team will work closely with overweight people who are experiencing long COVID to adapt and evaluate the weight management programme, which can be followed remotely from home.
A trial will be conducted with 200 people, identified through their GP, patient and community groups. A key feature of the trial is its focus on patient-select key health outcomes, recognising the broad range of long COVID symptoms identified by patients.
Dr Emilie Combet, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, said: “People with long COVID have overweight/obesity to a similar extent than the rest of the population, which may worsen their symptoms.
“This project will tailor and test a well-established weight management programme, delivered and supported entirely remotely.”
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