The UCSF Osher Center seeks overweight, adults with Type 2 diabetes for a diet and wellness study.

Are you ready to make long-term diet and lifestyle changes to see if you can better manage your diabetes and lose weight?  Do you have type 2 diabetes?  Are you overweight?  The UCSF SUCCEED study may be looking for you.

In the study you would learn about:

  • Nutritional changes to help you manage your diabetes.

In the study you may also learn about:

  • Tools to help you enjoy your life and cope with stress.
  • Techniques, such as meditation, to help you eat and live more mindfully.

As a participant in the SUCCEED Study you would:

  • Participate in free online, self-paced diabetes wellness program.
  • Get support in making long-term healthy lifestyle choices around diet.
  • Learn the results of your lab tests for free.
  • Complete several assessment visits over 8 months.
  • Be compensated for study visits at 4 and 8 months.

You will be randomly assigned (like a flip of a coin) to one of two diets:

  • A lower carbohydrate diet: The diet emphasizes eating non-starchy vegetables, fats, and proteins.  You would completely avoid starchy and sugary foods.  This is very similar to the first phase of an Atkins diet.
  • A diet from the American Diabetes Association: The diet emphasizes eating high-fiber foods (such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes), low-fat diary products, fresh fish, and foods low in saturated fat.

All classes are held online.  To participate, you may live anywhere convenient to:

  • A LabCorp location (where your blood will be drawn).  Go to their website to see if there is a LabCorp lab near you.
  • A US HealthWorks location (where your body measurements such as weight and blood pressure will be taken). Go to their website to see if there is a US HealthWorks location near you.

In either group, you will be asked to make dietary changes. You may be asked to complete about 15-30 minutes per day of home assignments. The home assignments may include monitoring your diet, meditation and other stress management techniques, as well as other activities to help support your lifestyle and dietary changes.

In addition to the classes, there are 3 required online and in-person assessment visits at LabCorp and U.S. HealthWorks locations over the course of the study at baseline, 4 months, and 8 months. The assessments include blood draws to measure factors that may be affected by the intervention (for example HbA1c, cholesterol, etc.), body measurements (weight, height, waist, and blood pressure), and online surveys.  The study lasts for a total of about 8 months.

You may be eligible if:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You are overweight (BMI of 25 and above, BMI Calculator available online).
  • You have Type II diabetes.
  • Your HbA1c > 6.5%.
  • You do not use insulin or any diabetes medication other than metformin.

To see if you may be eligible, please fill out the online survey.

For more information, you may call 415-514-8476.

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