Effectiveness Study of Community-Based, Peer-Led Education on Weight Loss and Diabetes

2014-08-27 03:18:20 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of a peer-led community-based lifestyle intervention, versus usual care, in achieving weight loss and prevention of diabetes among overweight adults with pre-diabetes in East Harlem.


Weight loss can prevent diabetes and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in incident diabetes among overweight adults with pre-diabetes. However, proven effective interventions have not been sustained or disseminated in community settings. A community-academic partnership aims to employ community-based participatory research to conduct a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a culturally tailored, peer-led diabetes prevention intervention that promotes weight loss.

People who develop diabetes go through a period when they have "pre-diabetes". In clinical settings, overweight adults with pre-diabetes who reduce their weight by 5-10% can reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 55-60%. To date, there are no studies testing the effectiveness of peer-led, community-based programs in achieving diabetes prevention through weight loss.

We will identify and enroll 400 overweight (BMI > 25) adults with pre-diabetes in East Harlem and randomized half into a community-based, peer-led lifestyle education program that teaches simple ways to lose weight.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention




Project HEED (Help Educate to Eliminate Diabetes), a community-based, peer-led weight loss program for overweight adults with pre-diabetes.


Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York
New York
United States




Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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