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Living Healthier with Diabetes

What is Living Healthier with Diabetes?

Living Healthier with Diabetes is a Rural Health Moonshot study being conducted by Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, at the Texas A&M University Health.

What is the purpose?

The Texas A&M research team is studying how diabetes self-management education and support impacts health and health care. This study is designed to look at the effectiveness of different kinds of diabetes education. We hope the results will help us better understand the effects of diabetes self-management education and also benefit persons with type 2 diabetes.

Who are we recruiting?

The research team is looking for participants who:

  • have type 2 diabetes
  • are at least 25 years old
  • have an A1c level of 8% or greater
  • have access to a device (smartphone/tablet) and internet
  • read and speak English
  • live in the Brazos Valley and surrounding areas

What do you have to do?

You will complete a health assessment and surveys related to living with type 2 diabetes, and our research team will obtain your HbA1c level. You will be asked to complete diabetes self-management education and support sessions OR to download and use a smartphone application for diabetes self-management education and support over 3 months. Some of the participants who receive education sessions will be also asked to download and use the smartphone application.

You will be asked to complete follow-up visits 3, 6, and 12 months after you start diabetes self-management education and support services; to complete surveys; and for our research team to obtain your HbA1c level.

What do you get for participating?

You will receive diabetes self-management education and support services and up to $300 in gift cards for completing the entire study.

Your Diabetes, Your Heart

Your Diabetes, Your Heart single session online or face-to-face free course:

  • Offered by Texas A&M Health Center for Population Health and Aging
  • 30 minute session
  • Learn about heart health and diabetes

Access to the American Diabetes Association’s know your Diabetes by Heart free resources:

  • Ask the Experts Q&A Series
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Monthly Newsletter

Partner with us to host Your Diabetes, Your Heart classes. Promote Your Diabetes, Your Heart to your clientele and community connections. Contact Ninfa Peña-Purcell, PhD, at for more information.