Outcomes of a Latino community-based intervention for the prevention of diabetes: the Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project

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Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavorial Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

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Adult; Aged; Community Health Services; *Cultural Competency; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Diet; Exercise; Health Behavior; Health Promotion; Hemoglobin A, Glycosylated; *Hispanic Americans; Humans; Insulin Resistance; Life Style; Massachusetts; Middle Aged; *Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Poverty; Socioeconomic Factors; Weight Loss


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Endocrine System Diseases | Preventive Medicine


OBJECTIVES: We tested the effectiveness of a community-based, literacy-sensitive, and culturally tailored lifestyle intervention on weight loss and diabetes risk reduction among low-income, Spanish-speaking Latinos at increased diabetes risk.

METHODS: Three hundred twelve participants from Lawrence, Massachusetts, were randomly assigned to lifestyle intervention care (IC) or usual care (UC) between 2004 and 2007. The intervention was implemented by trained Spanish-speaking individuals from the community. Each participant was followed for 1 year.

RESULTS: The participants' mean age was 52 years; 59% had less than a high school education. The 1-year retention rate was 94%. Compared with the UC group, the IC group had a modest but significant weight reduction (-2.5 vs 0.63 lb; P = .04) and a clinically meaningful reduction in hemoglobin A1c (-0.10% vs -0.04%; P = .009). Likewise, insulin resistance improved significantly in the IC compared with the UC group. The IC group also had greater reductions in percentage of calories from total and saturated fat.

CONCLUSIONS: We developed an inexpensive, culturally sensitive diabetes prevention program that resulted in weight loss, improved HbA1c, and improved insulin resistance in a high-risk Latino population.

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Am J Public Health. 2012 Feb;102(2):336-42. Epub 2011 Dec 15. Link to article on publisher's site

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American journal of public health

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