The Awareness Study is looking for volunteers ages 25 to 70 years old to participate in a research study comparing the effectiveness of two different interventions;  a mindfulness-based meditation intervention with personalized health planning(MAPLE) and support and guided education intervention(SAGE) in reducing psychological stress and blood sugar. 

You may be able to participate if you:

  • Are 25 to 70 years of age
  • Have NOT been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Have a history of diabetes in your family for example your siblings or parents
  • Often feel angry, irritated, sad or depressed 
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Are NOT taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications
  • Are not currently physically active—more than 2 hours of strenuous physical activities per week
  • Are considered overweight or obese (per CDC guidelines
  • Are NOT taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy
  • Are pre-diabetic as indicated by the screening blood test

If eligible, you will participate in weekly group sessions for 22 weeks and 3 laboratory visits. Participants will be compensated up to $700 with no drugs involved.  For more information, please contact us at 919.684.8667 or awareness-study@mc.duke.edu.