Diabetes Prevention in Latino Adults

What we are studying

La Comunidad will look at the health effects of weight loss in Latino men and women who are overweight and are at risk for developing diabetes. Previous studies have shown that weight loss has many benefits, including preventing diabetes. Most of these studies have used professional staff, such as dietitians and doctors, and one-on-one counseling. La Comunidad will help us to evaluate the effects of a group-based weight loss program led by a member of the community on Latinos at risk for developing diabetes.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Overweight or obese (BMI 25-45 kg/m2)
  • Hemoglobin A1c 5.7-6.4%

What is involved

  • All participants will visit the CRU every 6 months to assess progress
  • Assessments include: weight; height; blood pressure; waist circumference; blood draw and complete questionnaires
  • Participants will be randomized to participate in either weekly group meetings led by a trained community member or to receive individual counseling with a nutritionist and a monthly newsletter
  • Participation is expected to last 2 years.


$25 gift card for each completed visit in the CRU

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Beatriz Ospino-Sanchez
(336) 716-6498
Principal Investigator
Mara Z. Vitolins, DrPH, MPH, RD

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.