The first follow-up (2008-2011)

4857 people took part in the first studies between 1988 and 1991.  Of these

  • 3433 were still alive and living in the  UK in 2008
  • The average age of participants in 2008 was  70 years(range: 57-90)
  • Between 2008 and 2011, 1438 people visited our clinic at St Mary’s for follow-up, another 29 people had some measurements done at home.
  • 2011 people completed a follow-up questionnaire about their health and lifestyle
  • 1872 people gave permission for us to study their GP medical records so that we could record heart and circulatory diseases and diabetes that have developed during the 20 years since the study started.

This was a fantastic response after 20 years, involving over 60% of participants.  We are truly grateful for their help.  Their efforts have been put to good use and we’re busy analysing all the information that we collected- this involves statistical analysis and scientific interpretation.   We have already published several papers  and there is much more work to be done.

We would also like to remember the 1124 people who have died since the first studies.  They too gave their time to this research in its early days and we did not wish for their contribution to be lost.  With special permissions, we have been able to obtain information regarding their health before they died.

We are currently carrying out  another follow-up (2014-18) at University College London.This is funded by  the British Heart Foundation.