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The goal of the BEAM study is to develop an effective mHealth intervention to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in obese adolescents and young adults with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes (T2D). Sometimes called mobile health, mHealth harnesses portable wireless technologies to aid in achieving specific health objectives. Despite the many cardiovascular and diabetes-related benefits of physical activity, adolescents and young adults with T2D are significantly less active than non-diabetic peers. Using insights from behavioral economics and a highly efficient framework, this trial evaluates several strategies, including text messages, financial incentives, and variations in step-count goal assignment. Researchers will determine the impact of these strategies on physical activity, biochemical measures, and body size.
Subject to certain exclusion criteria, this study is enrolling teens and young adults with diagnosed T2D or prediabetes and who are overweight.
Males and Females: Ages 13 through 22
Participants will have 2 study visits, 14 weeks apart, to complete fasting bloodwork, questionnaires, a physical exam, and review program parameters. Between the visits, participants will wear an activity tracker, receive text messages, and receive financial incentives for meeting step count goals.
Duration: 14 weeks
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Study Description at National Institutes of Health
Type 2 Diabetes
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Research
Center for Pediatric Research in Obesity and Metabolism
Mary Ellen Vajravelu, MD, MSHP
For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Brianna Hewitt, MPH, Study Coordinator
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