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Many people who are overweight or obese know that they are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but they do little to change the outcome-a fact that leaves psychologists and dietitians scratching their heads about what might help motivate them to drop the pounds. To that end, Structure House is conducting an on-site research study using the PreDx Diabetes Risk Score.
The Diabetes Risk Score, or DRS, is generated from the analysis of biomarkers in a fasting blood sample. It produces a score between one and 10 to indicate an individual's personalized risk of developing diabetes within five years. (You can learn more about the PreDx Diabetes Risk Score by reading New Tool Reveals Highest Risk for Type 2 Diabetes at DiabetesHealth.com.)
The research study, which is being conducted at Structure House, involves a 28-day program that will not only assess an individual's risk for developing type 2 diabetes, but will also offer content focused on lifestyle change. Results will be available later this year.
The best way to learn more about participating is to contact Structure House directly-they are very willing to talk with people interested in any of the programs, services, or studies, and want to be able to answer specific questions people may have. Call 800-553-0052 or visit structurehouse.com.
About Structure House
For people with type 1 or 2 diabetes, Structure House offers a specialized four-week diabetes program focusing on lifestyle change. In addition to changing diet and exercise while enrolled in the program, participants attend specialized educational classes on the role of nutrition and exercise in diabetes. They also participate in group sessions to discuss health issues associated with diabetes, strategies to reduce the negative impact of stress on glucose control, and ways to improve diabetes self-management. Participants also have a weekly appointment with an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes management.
Opened in 1977, Structure House has helped more than 30,000 people from all 50 states and 35 nations battling obesity. Structure House has been featured on The Today Show, The New York Times, Associated Press, 60 Minutes, Glamour magazine, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, FOX & Friends, and USA TODAY. The Structure House Weight Loss Plan was recently ranked as the number one weight loss program among America's Top 10 Healthiest Diets by Health magazine. Structure House received top honors on every aspect of healthy weight loss, including nutrition, calorie control, motivation, and exercise, outranking some of the nation's most popular weight loss plans.
Their regular four week program is not inexpensive. (See structurehouse.com for more information on pricing.) On the other hand, Jennifer Pells, Ph.D., Structure House's
Psychologist/Program Facilitator told Diabetes Health it does not cost anything extra to participate in the PreDX study, which involves having additional lab work that will provide diabetes risk and change information to participants (using the PreDx Diabetes Risk Score test at the start of the lifestyle change program and 4-weeks post-treatment). Although no monetary compensation is provided above the value of the PreDx testing, study participants receive valuable personalized health information with 1-1 feedback to aid in understanding their risk profile.
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