Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Translate
Translate
menu iconMenu
search iconSearch

“Take Charge” of Diabetes: Can Commercial Weight-Loss Program Help?

 

May 08, 2012  |   

UC San Diego Nutrition experts launch year-long study of participants with Type 2

Diabetes affects nearly 24 million people in the United States, most with Type 2 diabetes, a disease which is often coupled with obesity.  Concerned by the increasing number of overweight Americans, nutrition experts with the UC San Diego School of Medicine are launching Take Charge, a research study analyzing the effectiveness of a commercial weight-loss program on participants with Type 2 diabetes who have a BMI of 25 – 45.

Cheryl Rock
Cheryl Rock, PhD, RD
“We know that commercial weight loss programs can contribute to weight loss. Now we ask if they can have an impact on diabetes,” said Cheryl Rock, PhD, RD, professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.  “We want to find out if participants using a weight loss program do better than those who receive individualized dietary counseling with a registered dietitian.”

Rock and her team will work with primary care physicians throughout the San Diego community to enlist potential participants.  “This is about the health of our entire community,” said Rock.  “The problem of obesity is so great in that we need help on all fronts: medical, surgical and pharmaceutical.  And we want to know if science-based commercial weight loss programs can contribute to solving this national problem as well.”

Take Charge Participants must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Be overweight
  • Have Type 2 diabetes  
  • Be willing to participate for one year
  • Otherwise be in generally good physical and mental health
  • Agree to take part in the diet, exercise and lifestyle counseling program

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups:

  • Group one will receive dietary counseling, including menu planning and exercise advice from a Registered Dietitian.
  • The other two groups will receive dietary counseling at a commercial facility and receive prepackaged meals coinciding with the assigned diet.
  • All study participants will receive follow up phone calls and/or emails from the study coordinator every few weeks throughout the course of the study. 
  • In addition, the investigators want to look at the effects of treatment on:
    • Feelings and quality of life
    • Waist circumference
    • Cardiovascular fitness

The costs of all study procedures, examinations, and medical care that may be delivered as part of this study will be provided at no cost. Participants will be compensated for travel-related costs.  This study is funded by Jenny Craig, Incorporated. For more information on participation, please contact study coordinator, Angela Leone, MS, RD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, 858-822-4792 or AFLeone@ucsd.edu

# # #

Media Contact: Kim Edwards, 619-543-6163, kedwards@ucsd.edu



Media Contact

Related News

4/22/2015
UC San Diego Health System and Scripps Health are partnering to provide improved continuity of patient care, fellowship training and research in hospice and palliative medicine. Under a new five-year ...
4/20/2015
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center have discovered a molecular mechanism that connects breast tissue stiffness to tumor metastasis and p ...
4/20/2015
A decrease in the amount of time spent eating and an increase in overnight fasting reduces glucose levels and may reduce the risk of breast cancer among women, report University of California, San Die ...
4/20/2015
The threat of falsified medications, also referred to as counterfeit, fraudulent, and substandard, can be quite real, yet the full scope and prevalence of the problem is poorly understood, say researc ...
4/17/2015
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have created an in vitro, live-cell artificial vessel that can be used to study both the application and effects of devices us ...
4/16/2015
The increase in use of e-cigarettes has led to heated debates between opponents who question the safety of these devices and proponents who claim the battery-operated products are a useful cessation t ...
4/16/2015
An international team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have found genetic overlap between Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and two significant cardi ...
4/13/2015
About one quarter of all atrial fibrillation patients at the lowest risk for stroke receive unnecessary blood thinners from cardiology specialists, according to a new study by researchers at Universit ...