Can Lifestyle Changes Reverse Metabolic Syndrome?

During our 2019 Fall 9Health Fair season, 9Health teamed up with Anschutz Health and Wellness Center to host the second annual Research Health Fair! Research is important to help us learn more about the disease, health and how to treat it and to do these researchers need volunteers to participate in research studies to help learn more about the diseases people get and how to treat and prevent them.

Now that the season is over, we wanted to catch up with one of the research studies we encountered that day!  We talked about Enhancing Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome study with Kevin S. Masters, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology and a researcher on the CU Anschutz Campus. Click here to watch the full episode.

What is metabolic syndrome?

CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center is participating in a 2-year multisite research study about the reversal of metabolic syndrome, but what does that mean?

 Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. A few conditions of this syndrome include:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Excess body fat around the waist
  • Abnormal Cholesterol or Triglycerides levels

What is the purpose of the study?

This study is specifically researching whether metabolic syndrome can be reversed with a specific lifestyle program. The goal of the study is to compare two different lifestyle programs to see if one is better than the other at reversing metabolic syndrome.

Who can participate in the study?

Seeking 120 participants for the study and will enroll 30 people over 4 waves. Eligible participants – will be 18 or older and have metabolic syndrome defined as having three or more of the following risk factors:

  • increased waist circumference (≥40 inches in males or ≥ 35 inches in females)
  • high blood pressure or on treatment for hypertension
  • high triglyceride level (≥ 150 mg/dL) or on treatment for high triglycerides
  • low HDL (< 40 mg/dL) or on treatment for low HDL
  • and/or high fasting glucose between 100-125 mg/dL.

What can participants of this study expect?

 Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two lifestyle programs: a self-directed program OR a group-based program.

Lifestyle Program #1 – Self-Directed Program

  • participants will receive monthly educational mailings and tip sheets related to healthy eating, increasing physical activity, and stress reduction and will be encouraged to implement the recommended health behaviors on their own.

Lifestyle Program #2 – Group-based Program

  • participants will participate in regular group meetings led by a dietitian/coach and psychologist and encouraged to implement the recommended health behaviors while participating in the group classes.

All participants (regardless of which program they are assigned) will participate in study visits at baseline, month 6, month 15 and month 24. Participants will be paid a small stipend after completing each study visit for a total of $180 if they complete the entire study.

Participants will also receive copies of their lab results from each study visit and with participants’ permission, results will be shared with their PCP.

Get involved with the study

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