Lathika Athauda

Lathika Athauda
University of Kelaniya · Department of Public Health

Doctor of Philosophy

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Background: People from South Asia are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). There is an urgent need to develop approaches for the prevention of T2D in South Asians that are cost-effective, generalisable and scalable across settings. Hypothesis: Compared to usual care, the risk of T2D can be reduced amongst South Asians with central obesit...
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Introduction South Asians are at high risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). We assessed whether intensive family-based lifestyle intervention leads to significant weight loss, improved glycaemia and blood pressure in adults at elevated risk for T2D. Methods This cluster randomised controlled trial (iHealth-T2D) was conducted at 120 locations across India...
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Adolescents continue to be exposed to alcohol marketing, despite the existence of alcohol control policies in Sri Lanka. National‐level policies restrict all forms of alcohol advertising, promotions, and sponsorship and sale to minors. The act calls for the need to protect children and adolescents from exposure to the harm of alcohol. This article...
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Introduction and objectives Social media use has been growing exponentially among adolescents worldwide. Different social media platforms are being used as vehicles for digital marketing to promote unhealthy commodities including alcohol to young people. This study describes the association between social media use and drinking among school going a...
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Background People from South Asia are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). There is an urgent need to develop approaches for prevention of T2D in South Asians, that are cost-effective, generalisable and scalable across settings. Hypothesis Compared to usual care, risk of T2D can be reduced amongst South Asians with central obesity or raised...
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Objective: Alcohol is the leading cause of disability-adjusted life years among 15- to 19-year-olds globally; yet, social and structural determinants of alcohol use among adolescents in low- and middle-income countries are largely unknown. Given that a quarter of the global adolescent population lives in South Asia, this systematic review aims to...
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Medical education research in general, and those focusing on clinical settings in particular, have been a low priority in South Asia. This explorative study from 3 medical schools in Sri Lanka, a South Asian country, describes undergraduate medical students’ experiences during their final year clinical training with the aim of understanding the tea...
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Introduction & objectives: Consumption of coconut and its products is reported to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This study was conducted to determine if there is an association between coconut consumption (oil and coconuts) and CVD incidence among Sri Lankans who are known to consume a large amount of coconut...
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An ecological correlation study was conducted to determine the association between consumption of coconut products and cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths in Sri Lanka. Data on coconut consumption patterns from 1961 to 2006 were abstracted from the FAO database, and mortality data from reports of the Department of Census and Statistics, and UN data...
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The prevalence of smoking among adults in Sri Lanka in 2012 was estimated as 9.3%, the prevalences being 18.6% for males and 0.2% for females. This study aimed at describing smoking and tobacco use trends from 1960–2010 and the influence of pricing on trends. Methods Tobacco consumption data was obtained from the Food and Agricultural Organizatio...
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A randomized, controlled, crossover trial was conducted to assess the rehydrating ability of king coconut water (KC), tender coconut water (TCW), Gatorade (G) and ORS as rehydration fluid. The main aim was to compare the effect of exclusive consumption of KC, TCW, G and ORS on rehydration of athletes during training. Method Purposively selected 15...
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Smoking prevalence in Sri Lanka was estimated as 9.3% in 2012(males 29.9% & females 0.4%). Ratification of Framework and Convention for Tobacco Control and its local enactment Act in 2006, is believed to have influenced smoking trends. This study aimed at describing trends and influence of policy on tobacco smoking in Sri Lanka from 1960-2010. Smok...
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morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The major reason for this theory is the presence of saturated fats in coconut products. This ecological study was undertaken to determine if there are trends suggestive of this theory in three countries (Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Thailand) that consume coconut products on a regular basis....
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Introduction Descriptive qualitative study was carried out to identify knowledge, attitudes and practices of women on traditions during peurperium. Aims To describe beliefs and activities practiced by women during the puerperium, on hygiene, sexual practices & contraception, physical activity and food taboos. Methods Qualitative descriptive stud...
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Introduction An ecological correlation study was carried out to assess the validity of incriminations on the effects of consumption of coconut products on CVD deaths. Aims The aim was to evaluate the impact of consumption of coconut products on CVD death rates. Method Data from 1961 to 2006 were abstracted from different sources; coconut consum...

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Type-2 diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death worldwide and a major contributor to development of coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease and end-stage renal failure. Studies in European populations show that intensive lifestyle modifications, involving physical activity, dietary change and weight loss is associated with reduction in the incidence of T2D amongst people at high risk. iHealth-T2D is a multicentre, cluster randomised clinical trial that studies men and women from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) as well as Europe (UK), to provide evidence about the implementation of lifestyle modifications and health promotion for prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.
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A family based lifestyle modification trial on prevention of diabetes among those at risk of developing diabetes mellitus.