Obesity & Weight Control

The Native American and Hispanic communities have the highest obesity and diabetes rates in the United States. While these rates are high, these communities tend to show low adherence to bariatric programs making this a major health issue. There is little known on the factors causing these low rates, and this study was done to find out why. The only factors known are that of the perception of the physician but we do not know exactly what is impacting these communities, thus, making this an important study to carry out.

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We are looking for overweight individuals who have asthma and want to start working out regularly. Researchers believe that exercise may have a beneficial effect on inflammation and asthma symptoms in overweight people with mild to moderate persistent asthma. The purpose of this study is to see if a 12-week exercise program will affect inflammation, lung function, asthma symptoms, and asthma quality of life in overweight adults with asthma.

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We propose to 1) assess the feasibility and acceptability of a prescribed beverage intervention in 50 obese Hispanic adults ages 18-64 years over 6 weeks; 2) assess preliminary effects of the beverage intervention on cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as other markers of health such as blood pressure, glucose and markers of inflammation.

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The investigators propose to 1) assess the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a gender- and culturally-sensitive weight loss intervention in 48 overweight/obese Hispanic males ages 18-64 over 12 weeks; 2) assess participant characteristics and process measures related to the uptake of mobile-health (mHealth) technology in overweight/obese Hispanic males over 12 weeks; and 3) assess pathologic changes in the liver in Hispanic men enrolled in a 12-week weight loss intervention using a non-invasive MRI as a therapeutic response biomarker.

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