Research is an essential part of our work at Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC), and in honor of heart health month, we would like to shine a light on the Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome (ELM) Study, a research study that focuses on heart health.
Lead by AHWC’s Kevin Masters, Ph.D., and Jacinda Nicklas, MD, ELM investigates how to help people overcome metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions that occur together and can increase the risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
Metabolic Syndrome is defined as meeting 3 or more of the following conditions:
- High blood pressure or taking blood pressure medication
- High blood sugar (in the pre-diabetes range)
- High triglycerides or taking medication for this
- Low HDL cholesterol (the ‘good’ cholesterol) or taking medication for this
- Excess body fat around the waist
ELM is a two-year study, where participants will be able to improve heart health and lose weight. So, essentially, you can help advance our research while improving your overall health – it’s a win, win!
Participants must be 18 or older and not have diabetes. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of the two lifestyle programs: the self-directed program or the group-based program.
In the self-directed program, participants receive monthly educational mailings with lifestyle tips and suggestions on how to change behaviors associated with metabolic syndrome. These participants will implement an independent learning approach in order to make changes to their lifestyle on their own.
In the group-based program, participants are asked to attend regular group sessions meeting weekly for three months, biweekly for the next three months, and then monthly for the next 18 months. They will use the group to learn to implement lifestyle changes to change behaviors associated with metabolic syndrome.
All participants of ELM will receive:
- A free Fitbit
- Monetary Stipends
- Lab Work
- Tools to lose weight and lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes