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‘Take Charge Diabetes Mellitus’ Study Seeks Research Volunteers

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Researchers at the University of Arizona Department of Family and Community Medicine are recruiting adults with Type 2 diabetes to participate in a study involving diabetes management and blood sugar control.

Participants in the study, “Take Charge Diabetes Mellitus,” will pilot test an evidence-based weight-control program called “Hunger Training,” which  teaches people  to eat according to their blood sugar levels, which will be facilitated by the use of continuous glucose monitors (CGM). An earlier study showed promising effects on blood sugar levels in people without diabetes.

Participants will wear a continuous glucose monitor, record blood glucose values and document their fasting and eating times.

The study is free and will last about one month. Participants need to be current patients of Banner – University Medicine, in Tucson. Banner Health is the clinical partner of the University of Arizona and its two medical schools, the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix. Collectively, they represent a premier academic medical network known as Banner – University Medicine, advancing medical education and transforming health care in Arizona.

You may qualify for the study if:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • Your doctor has told you that you have Type 2 diabetes
  • You are overweight
  • You speak, read and understand English
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding

The research study is led by Susan Schembre, PhD, RD, associate professor, UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, and a team of physicians from Banner – University Medicine.

“We are interested in helping individuals with Type 2 diabetes learn how to better manage their diabetes,”  Dr. Schembre said. “Through this novel program, we hope to assess the effects of “Hunger Training” on blood sugar control and examine participant satisfaction. Once we have those results, we’ll be able to expand the study to a larger group and determine how it compares to an established diabetes-management program.”

To learn more about the study, or enroll, please contact Kari Marano, kkoerner@arizona.edu, 626-9274.

About the UA Department of Family and Community Medicine

The UA Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson is one of the top-ranking family medicine programs in the country. The department is known for outstanding pre- and post-doctoral education, groundbreaking research and innovative community outreach programs designed to improve the health of individuals, families and communities in the region and beyond. The department places strong emphasis on research, particularly in the fields of tobacco cessation, substance abuse, obesity and related diseases, cancer survivorship, behavioral health and disabilities, and Native American and Latino health.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately 900 faculty members and garners $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram)

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at the University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and UA policies, designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

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