Memorial Health System conducting diabetes coaching study

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 3:04 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Marietta Memorial is looking for participants for a study it is conducting to assess the effectiveness of a diabetes coaching program called Mastering Diabetes.

The free, three-month program takes participants through online modules, in which they learn strategies for switching to a largely plant-based diet as well as other lifestyle changes that can help them prevent or potentially reverse diabetes.

“Ultimately, the goal of the program is not simply to make everyone who participates a vegan. But it is to help them understand the scientific evidence that points toward more plant-based eating. Whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds,” said Deanna Shuler, director of the hospital’s community health and wellness department. “The evidence points toward consuming more of those items and fewer animal products and processed foods, and that dietary pattern’s relationship with reducing your blood sugar, along with a host of other benefits,” she added.

Shuler also noted that some of the advantages of plant-based eating include reversing heart disease, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, unclogging arteries, and more.

Participants in the study are also invited to join an online community of others living with diabetes, and they are offered one-on-one coaching.

The study accepts participants on a rolling basis and has already received positive feedback from a number of those who have signed up.

“[One participant] who had suffered with pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol...a number of things over her entire adult life. Since she started the program and has started the transition to a plant-based diet...her blood sugar has improved, her blood pressure has improved, she’s got energy, she feels great. And these are the things that we love hearing,” Shuler said.

Additional information and a link to register can be found online here.

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