Pilot study aims to improve diet patterns in Asian Americans with diabetes

By Rachel Dowler

Jisook Ko, PhD, RN

Dr. Jisook Ko, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, who is a scientist of the Asian Resource Center for Minority Aging Research supported by the National Institute on Aging was selected to receive a pilot grant of $34,920.

This pilot project is titled “Dining with Diabetes – Precise and Personalized Behavioral Nutrition Intervention for Asian American older adults.”

Dr. Ko has been working with Asian American communities with culturally tailored guidance on how to improve eating behaviors for effective chronic disease self-management.

Although this guidance was proven efficacious in the short term, individuals encountered challenges in sustaining healthy diet modifications.

Perceived individual susceptibility and response to such dietary changes vary, resulting in poor adherence and maintenance to healthy dietary changes.

Findings from this study will increase knowledge of how the personalized diet alters the metabolome and how these alterations improve diet patterns and diabetic health outcomes for older Asian Americans.

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