Effects of a Culturally Grounded Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents

Gabriel Shaibi, Yolanda Konopken, Erica Hoppin, Colleen S. Keller, Rocio Ortega, Felipe Castro

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility and preliminary effects of a culturally grounded, community-based diabetes prevention program among obese Latino adolescents. Methods: Fifteen obese Latino adolescents (body mass index [BMI] percentile = 96.3 ± 1.1, age = 15.0 ± 0.9 years) completed a 12-week intervention that included weekly lifestyle education classes delivered by bilingual/bicultural promotoras and three, 60-minute physical activity sessions per week. Participants were assessed for anthropometrics (height, weight, BMI, and waist circumference), cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity/inactivity, nutrition behaviors, and insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance by a 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test. Results: The intervention resulted in significant decreases in BMI z score, BMI percentile, and waist circumference; increases in cardiorespiratory fitness; and decreases in physical inactivity and dietary fat consumption. In addition to these changes, the intervention led to significant improvements in insulin sensitivity and reductions in 2-hour glucose levels. Conclusions: These results support the feasibility and efficacy of a community-based diabetes prevention program for high-risk Latino youth. Translational approaches that are both culturally grounded and biologically meaningful represent a novel and innovative strategy for closing the obesity-related health disparities gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-512
Number of pages9
JournalDiabetes Educator
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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Hispanic Americans
Body Mass Index
Waist Circumference
Insulin Resistance
Exercise
Glucose
Dietary Fats
Glucose Tolerance Test
Life Style
Obesity
Education
Weights and Measures
Health
Cardiorespiratory Fitness

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)

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Effects of a Culturally Grounded Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents. / Shaibi, Gabriel; Konopken, Yolanda; Hoppin, Erica; Keller, Colleen S.; Ortega, Rocio; Castro, Felipe.

In: Diabetes Educator, Vol. 38, No. 4, 07.2012, p. 504-512.

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Shaibi, Gabriel ; Konopken, Yolanda ; Hoppin, Erica ; Keller, Colleen S. ; Ortega, Rocio ; Castro, Felipe. / Effects of a Culturally Grounded Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents. In: Diabetes Educator. 2012 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 504-512.
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