Mentoring to be Active: Peer Mentoring for Rural Appalachian Children to Reduce Overweight and Obesity

Official Title
Mentoring to be Active: Peer Mentoring for Rural Appalachian Children to Reduce Overweight and Obesity
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to lower the rate of type 2 diabetes in rural Appalachia youth due to obesity and/or being overweight. Our long-term goal is to improve the health of underserved, high-risk youth.

This study will test the effectiveness of the Mentored Planning to be Active + Family on physical activity outcomes and health outcomes among rural Appalachian middle school aged youth suffering from either overweight or obesity.

We have local high school-aged teen mentors work closely with middle school youth to increase social support, self-efficacy, and self-regulation skills to sustain physical activity and improve health before the children enter high school.

The peer mentoring is followed by a 6-month family reinforcement program.

Some parents will provide child assessment data of perceived child physical activity behaviors and child health.

 

Could this study be right for you?
  • Child has access to a computer or tablet device at home for virtual mentoring sessions/meetings
  • Child suffers from overweight or obesity - does not need to be under the care of a health care professional for this condition
  • Child and Parent able to participate read English at a 4th grade level. 
  • Family not expected to move from rural Appalachia within the 18 months. 
Age Range
12 - 13

A Study for Those With Type 2 Diabetes AND Who Are Experiencing Food Insecurity

Official Title
Linking Education, Produce Provision, and Community Referrals to Improve Diabetes Care (LINK)
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to improve hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with type 2 diabetes experiencing food insecurity.

The study will examine the effects of a produce referral program alone and in combination with other interventions. Our research is designed to develop a deeper understanding of how to provide patients with type 2 diabetes that are experiencing food insecurity with the resources, skills, and education to manage their health and social needs.

Could this study be right for you?

Inclusion Criteria:
- Age 18 years and older
- Type 2 diabetes based on American Diabetes Association Criteria
- Hemoglobin A1c level > 7.5%
- Worried about running out of food before you have money to buy more

Exclusion Criteria:
- Pregnant

A Study for those with Type 2 Diabetes AND Depression

Official Title
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for comorbid depression and type 2 diabetes
Purpose

The aim of this study is to improve mood and diabetes-related outcomes for those with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) AND symptoms of depression. The present study will examine the effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on symptoms of depression and diabetes.

Your participation in this study will last 8 weeks.

Could this study be right for you?

You may qualify if:
• You are between the ages 18-75
• You have type 2 diabetes
• You are feeling symptoms of depression

Age Range
18 and up

Metabolism Research Study--Healthy Volunteers Needed

Official Title
Adipocyte-T Cell Interactions Modulate Adipose Inflammation and Insulin Sensitivity Following Weight Gain
Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to better understand the role of fat tissue, how cells in fat tissue communicate, and determine what signals specific cells use to cause inflammation and insulin resistance during weight gain. This may help researchers better understand the process that happens in Type 2 Diabetes.

As a result, through the course of six--nine weeks, participants will be asked to gain at least 10% of their starting body weight. A dietitian will meet with participants to give advice to help with meeting the study weight gain goals, as well as provide additional meal vouchers and supplemental shakes as needed. Following the study, participants will receive guidance how to lose the weight they've gained if they would like to do that.

Could this study be right for you?

You may be eligible if you:
- Are 18-60 years of age
- Are lean; Have a BMI 18-24.9 kg/m2 (*see link below for calculating your BMI --Body Mass Index)
- Have healthy levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (These will be tested at screening)
- Are a non-smoker
- Are non-diabetic
- Are free of chronic illness
- Are not pregnant or breastfeeding

*If you want to calculate your BMI https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_c…

Exclusion Criteria:
- Fasting triglycerides > 150 mg/dL or nonfasting triglycerides ˃ 250 mg/dl
- LDL-Cholesterol level > 150 mg/dL,
- Presence of significant anemia (hemoglobin <10.0 gm/dL),
- Currently or planning to take blood thinners ,
- Current smokers
- Have taken steroids or anti-inflammatory meds for >6 months in the last 6 months
- >10% body weight loss within 3 months of enrollment
*Other exclusions may apply

Age Range
18 and up

The REGENERATE Study - A study to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a medication (Obeticholic Acid) for those with NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis)

Official Title
A Phase 3, Double-Blind, Randomized, Long-Term, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Obeticholic Acid in Subjects with Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis
Purpose

This research study is for those who have nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) (meaning your liver is swollen and damaged because of a buildup of fat in your liver) and some liver fibrosis (which is damaged and scarred liver tissue). Because of your condition, you may be eligible for a research study on an investigational drug for your condition. The Regenerate Study will assess the safety and effectiveness of the investigational medication obeticholic acid (OCA) compared to placebo in delaying specific medical conditions or health related issues that can occur in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) (meaning your liver is swollen and damaged because of a buildup of fat in your liver) and some liver fibrosis (which is damaged and scarred liver tissue).

Could this study be right for you?

- Age 18 or older
- Diagnosed with Stage 2 or 3 NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis--meaning your liver is swollen and damaged because of a buildup of fat in your liver) and some liver fibrosis (which is damaged and scarred liver tissue).

If you are eligible and decide to take part in this research study, you will need to complete 1 or 2 screening visits to see if you are eligible to participate in the study. Once the study doctor determines you can participate in the study, you will be asked to come back to the clinic 8 times (for the Month 0 [Day 1] Visit, the Month 1 Visit, the Month 3 Visit, and then every 3 months) for the first 18 months you are in the study and then 2 times per year (every 6 months) for each additional year you are in the study.

Age Range
18 and up

A Study for Those Going Through Cardiac Rehabilitation--Measurement of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Those with and without Diabetes

Official Title
Measurement of Mitochondrial Dysfunction Using Phosphorus Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Diabetic Patients Undergoing an Exercise Regimen
Purpose

We are looking at parts of the cells in our bodies (called mitochondria). Mitochondria give our cells energy and help them stay healthy. People with diabetes have mitochondria which do not work as well as the mitochondria in people without diabetes.

In this study, we want to see if exercise (cardiac rehabilitation) will cause your mitochondria to work better. Using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, we can measure how much your cardiac rehabilitation has helped your mitochondria. We will be looking at your leg muscle and the mitochondria in those cells.

In this study, we hope to show that we can help those with diabetes by making their mitochondria work better using things like exercise. We will be looking for people who are beginning cardiac rehabilitation, some with and some without diabetes.

Could this study be right for you?

- 18 yrs and older
- Have been referred for cardiac rehabilitation
- Are able to have an MRI (study coordinator can screen you for this)

Age Range
18 and up