Supporting Understanding of Carbohydrate Consumption and Eating Education in Diabetes (SUCCEED)

Currently, 10% of healthcare dollars are spent on type 2 diabetes, making it the single most costly chronic disease the United States. Although dietary changes are considered an integral component of diabetes prevention and treatment, previous research has important limitations, such as uncertainty about the optimal diet, poor dietary adherence, and which psychological skills can best support long-term behavior change.

To begin to address these issues, we conducted a 12-month, in-person, randomized clinical trial in overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes that compared two different diets, each in combination with a comprehensive toolkit of psychological techniques for improving adherence to dietary recommendations.

As the ability to deliver interventions using cutting-edge technologies holds tremendous promise for making evidence-based therapies more widely available, we are in the process of conducting an online translation of this in-person trial. Both studies were designed to provide data regarding the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of these interventions. Together, this work holds promise to significantly improve the health of people with type 2 diabetes.

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