Awareness, Action and Achievement: A Report on MetSyn – A Community-Based, Exploratory Pilot Project for Women Who Have Metabolic Syndrome

Last Updated: February 3, 2014

Bonnie Jeffery, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator)

Metabolic Syndrome is an internationally recognized clinical diagnosis indicating a person has a cluster of factors for Type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease.

From June 2010 through November 2011, an exploratory Pilot Project – MetSyn – aimed at reducing the likelihood that women with a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome would develop diabetes was conducted in Saskatoon.

The Women’s Mid-Life Health Centre of Saskatchewan and Dr. Vicki Holmes established MetSyn, through which women with metabolic syndrome completed a low demand (18 hours over 12 months) program. Half had access to automated phone calls prompting them about physical activity and nutrition changes.

MetSyn was the focus of an evaluation conducted by Dr. Judith Martin of the University of Saskatchewan and SPHERU’s Dr. Bonnie Jeffery.

Goals / Outcomes: The aim of the project was to evaluate measures of clinical and lifestyle change over the 12 months, as well as assess a Building Awareness Phase of the project. The evaluation found the program did result in positive changes of metabolic syndrome factors or lifestyle measures among many of the women. In general, there was strong interest among women in preventing diabetes and a positive response from physicians. Aboriginal women also showed interest in the program and having their own resources to create culturally appropriate initiatives.

Funder: The Women's Mid-Life Health Centre of Saskatchewan

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