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Daly City Partners with University of California, San Francisco’s Institute for Health and Aging to Seek Filipinos for Studies on Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention

Filipino Americans have one of the highest rates of Type 2 Diabetes in the United States. Type 2 diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. The University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) is conducting two important studies focused on preventing diabetes and heart disease among Filipino Americans. Since Daly City has the highest concentration of Filipino Americans of any municipality in the United States, USCF has partnered with the City of Daly City to help them seek volunteers for their two studies.

The first study, Pilipino Americans-Go4Health Weight Loss Program, is seeking Filipinos over 18 years of age, have Type 2 Diabetes, and are taking metformin.  This program aims to decrease diabetes and heart disease risks through weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise.  Participants will need to have a smartphone (iPhone or Andriod), join a private Facebook group and use a pedometer.  Each participant is required to commit to the study for 6-months and participate in one UCSF office visit per month, three physical exams and three blood draws.  Participants can receive up to $80 plus a Fitbit Zip pedometer ($60 value) for completing all study requirements. If interested, please call (415) 483-0992 or email: pilipinos@ucsf.edu

The second study, Filipinos Fit and Trim Weight Loss, are for Filipinos 25 years and older who do not have diabetes.  The goal of this study is to reduce diabetes risks through weight loss and physical activity.  Participants will need to have a smartphone (iPhone or Andriod) and join a private Facebook group.  Each participant is required to commit for 6-months and participate in seven research office visits, three blood draws and three physical exams.  Participants can receive up to $140 for completing all study requirements.  If interested call (415) 723-0650 or email: filipino.study@ucsf.edu

Volunteers who participate will help health educators and researchers understand why Filipinos are at high risk for diabetes and heart disease, and overall will help to identify ways to prevent these risks in the Filipino community.