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Congratulations to Joshua J. Joseph, MD on his Clinical Science Research Award from NIDDK!


Congratulations to our very own Dr. Joshua J. Joseph for being selected as one of four oral presentations at the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) National Minority Research Investigator (NMRI) 15th Annual Workshop held April 26-28, 2017!  Dr. Joseph presented his work on the "Association of Modifiable Lifestyle Risk Factors with Incident Diabetes among African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study,” which garnered a Clinical Science Research Award in recognition of his exemplary research.

Dr. Joshua Joseph investigated the association of modifiable lifestyle risk factors with incident type 2 diabetes mellitus among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study. The modifiable lifestyle risk factors score included a combination of physical activity, television watching, dietary intake, sleep disordered breathing, and smoking. The study showed that a combination of higher levels of physical activity, healthy dietary intake and lower levels of television watching, sleep disordered breathing burden and smoking were associated with a lower risk of diabetes among African Americans, with greater effects among those with lower adiposity and normoglycemia at baseline. Lifestyle interventions to reduce obesity have focused on individuals with high BMI and/or prediabetes. This study suggests that African Americans at the lower end of the diabetes risk spectrum may derive significant long-term benefit from diabetes prevention strategies focused on the outlined modifiable lifestyle risk factors.