for people ages 24-80 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion:
Melinda S Bender Yoshimi Fukuoka



Filipino Americans (FA) are the second largest (3.4 million) Asian group in the US. and have one of the highest prevalences of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus compared to non-Hispanic whites, African Americans and Hispanics. However, FA have been underrepresented in health related research, particularly in diabetes prevention. This proposed pilot study is the first clinical trial to assess preliminary estimates of the short-term effect of the novel social networking diabetes prevention program lifestyle intervention for this high-risk population.

Official Title

Filipinos Fit and Trim Weight Loss for Diabetes Prevention Program


Filipino Americans (FA) are the second largest (3.4 million) Asian group in the US, and the largest (1.5 million) in California, and have the highest prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) compared to non-Hispanic whites, African Americans and Hispanics. However, there has been little health related research among FA. Improving physical activity (PA) and diet can prevent or delay T2DM, as evidenced by the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention, resulting in reducing T2DM risks. However, implementing the DPP has been expensive and labor intensive. A more cost-effective approach may be the use of mobile technologies coupled with social networking. Filipinos (95%) are avid mobile phone users and the leading Facebook users. Thus, we propose to test a culturally competent mobile phone-based Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle and social networking (in-person and virtual) intervention in a pilot 3-month randomized controlled trial (RCT) with a wait list active control design for 50 overweight FA at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


Pre-diabetes Overweight Obese diabetes prevention Filipinos lifestyle intervention Diabetes Mellitus Prediabetic State Glucose Intolerance Filipinos Fit and Trim Weight Loss Program


You can join if…

Open to people ages 24-80

: 1) BMI for Asians > 23 kg/m2, 2) Age > 24 years, 3) Diabetes risk test score52 > 5 points, fasting plasma glucose test between 100 - 125 mg/dl, HbA1c > 5.6% or oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) between 140-200 mg/dl, 4) physically inactive based on Brief Physical Activity Recall Questionnaire,53 5) no cognitive impairment based on the Mini-Cog test,54 and 7) English speaking. Only one member per household will be allowed to enroll in the study. A smart phone will be provided if necessary.

You CAN'T join if...

1) Physician diagnosed diabetes and confirmed by clinical data (e.g.documentation of fasting blood glucose >126 mg/dL or a positive OGTT), 2) HbA1C > 7.0%, 3)Glucose metabolism associated disease (Cushing's syndrome, Acromegaly, and Pheochromocytoma currently under treatment, chronic pancreatitis), 4) Thyroid disease - sub-optimally treated, 5) Known medical conditions or other physical problems needing special exercise program (e.g., prior myocardial infarction, history of angioplasty or angina, admission for hospital evaluation of chest pain, use of nitroglycerin for angina, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or uncontrolled hypertension), 6) Currently participating in a lifestyle modification program, 7) Planning a trip outside of the US during the 3-month study period, 8) Known eating disorder, 9) Planning to have gastric bypass surgery, 10)Taking antibiotics (including HIV-related agents), anti-tuberculosis agents (except tuberculosis prophylaxis)], or prescription weight-loss drugs.


  • San Francisco / Daly City Communities
    San Francisco California 94118 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, San Francisco
Lead Scientists
Melinda S Bender
Yoshimi Fukuoka
Study Type
Last Updated
December 2016