WVU researchers' diabetes management program funded

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says its researchers are getting $450,000 from the National Institutes of Health to study how lifestyle modification with support from health coaches helps people control their diabetes and high blood pressure.

The team will develop a 12-week diabetes and hypertension self-management program in Morgantown and Charleston for adults with both Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Participants will meet with each other, public health Professor Ranjita Misra, pharmacy Professor Usha Sambamoorthi and student health coaches to learn strategies.

In a feasibility program by the researchers in Morgantown earlier this year, the coaches addressed ways to incorporate physical activity, navigate restaurant menus, resist social cues that make unhealthful choices attractive and rebut negative thoughts when disease management seems futile.

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