Wake Forest Baptist Health: Go MILES with Diabetes Research

Wake Forest Baptist Health is looking for volunteers to help learn more about diabetes. The Microbiome and Insulin Longitudinal Evaluation Study, “MILES” for short, is a new observational study at the Medical Center. By examining the relationships between lifestyle factors including diet, and biological factors, including the micro organisms living in the body, the study may identify causes of type 2 diabetes.

Since MILES is an observational type of study, volunteers do not need to change their lifestyle or take medication to take part in the study.

Wake Forest is recruiting 500 volunteers between the ages of 45 and 75 who are essentially “healthy” (example: have not been diagnosed with diabetes, are not taking certain medications, not on dialysis and/or pregnant).

Screening is done by a quick and easy 10-minute phone call. Those eligible and willing to be in the study are to attend three visits over three years.

Compensation is provided to those who are eligible at the end of the visit.

MILES at Wake Forest is being led by Drs. Alain Bertoni and Elizabeth Jensen.

“Innovative gut microbiome research has the potential to change the way we approach health, disease prevention, detection and potential treatments,” said Alain Bertoni, MD, MPH, Chair of Epidemiology and Prevention and Director of Research for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest School of Medicine. According to the most recent 2017 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.7 percent of African American and 7.4 percent of white adults have been diagnosed with diabetes.

We are doing our best to find causes for diabetes but without volunteers from the community this problem is going to take a lot longer to fix.

Funding for this study is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIDDK.

To learn more about MILES call 336-716-2914 or email the MILES study team at MILES@nullwakehealth.edu.

For more information about the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, please visit: WakeHealth.edu/MACHE.


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