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Isaac Warbrick

Doctor of Philosophy, (Maori Health & Exercise Physiology)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Fitness, Fatness and Fibre Type: Predicting Insulin Resistance in Maori

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Mr Warbrick’s research focused on the role that physical fitness and body composition play in the development of insulin resistance within Maori. Mr Warbrick showed that in Maori, physical fitness and the degree of body fat are related to insulin sensitivity; the precursor to type 2 diabetes. He also showed that maintenance of muscle mass may reduce the detrimental effects upon insulin sensitivity and diabetes risk that is associated with an age related reduction in aerobic fitness. These findings provide insight into more specific exercise prescription for Maori, and his innovative methodology at the interface of Maori research and scientific exercise research methods, also provides a basis for future physiological research involving Maori.

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