The main aim of the mitchelstown Cohort Study re-screen is to check people between the ages of 55 and 74 years for diabetes (high blood sugar) and for heart disease, both of which are very common in our community and often undetected.  It is important to detect these conditions at an early stage so that they can be treated and their complications prevented.  We would urge you to participate whether or not you have diabetes or heart disease, or any other illness, as the success of the study will depend on people agreeing to participate.  The results should be of benefit to you and to others. 

On your visit to the surgery you will be met by one of the research assistants involved in the study and the following tests will be carried out­:

  • You will be asked to bring along a first morning specimen of urine ( i.e. urine which is passed first thing on the morning of the health check)  
  • Fasting blood tests for sugar and cholesterol
  • Blood pressure.
  • Height, weight, waist circumference, calf circumference and BMI
  • Gait speed (normal walking speed) and hand grip strength

Prior to your appointment you will be asked to complete and bring with you a Food Frequency Questionnaire (about the foods you ate over the past year). During your appointment you will be asked, to complete a General Health Questionnaire (about your health) with assistance from the researcher. These questionnaires will give us detailed background information on your current health and lifestyle status to which we can combine with your physical examination results to assess your risk status for heart disease. 

You will be asked to bring all your current medication(s), any vitamins, minerals or supplements that you are currently taking to your appointment, in order for us to record what you take.

In order to measure blood pressure you  may be asked to wear a device which will measure your blood pressure at intervals over the course of one day. This day will be one suitable to you. Alternatively you may be provided with a home-use blood pressure monitor, which you will use to measure blood pressure at different time-points in the day. This will provide us and you with valuable information concerning your blood pressure over the course of a 24 hour period.   

You will be asked to wear two small, non-invasive devices (on your wrist and thigh) which measure your physical movement over 7 days. You will return these devices at the end of this period.   

Participation in this study is, of course, voluntary and free of charge.

All of the tests will be analysed in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork and you will be notified when the results will be available. If you have any queries please phone Dr. Janas Harrington (study Co-ordinator) on (021) 4205505 or Ms.Shauni Fitzgerald (Research Assistant), on (021) 4205185 during office hours (i.e. 9.30am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday).

We plan to carry out these health checks in the Living Health Centre, Mitchlestown, Co. Cork from the end of October 2015 onwards. Particpants will be sent an invitation letter by post in due course.  Please indicate on the enclosed reply slip whether or not you would like to take part. Please return the slip to us in the stamped addressed envelope provided even if you would prefer not to take part as this will prevent us contacting you unnecessarily. 

Yours sincerely,

Dr Declan Herlihy

Prof. Ivan Perry

Dr. Janas Harrington  

We hope you find the website useful. Please contact us if you have any queries you wish to discuss.