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Online Diabetes Reversal Program and Study

Thursday, Sep. 21 - Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, 6-7 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. PT)

DROP Study September 2023

Registration for the study is now closed.

Receive comprehensive support and education to investigate whether the study program can help reverse type 2 diabetes with a plant-based diet, led by Neal Barnard, MD, Vanita Rahman, MD, Karen Smith, RD, and Roxanne Becker, MBChB. The research team will guide you through science, practical applications, and recipes, with ample time for personal support.

Research studies, including studies led by Dr. Barnard, have shown that a healthy plant-based diet may improve type 2 diabetes symptoms and even reverse the disease. This program and study aims to assist people with type 2 diabetes as they start a plant-based diet for diabetes health.

Registration includes:

· 12 online classes on Thursdays

· Two phone consultations with a registered dietitian

· Lab tests to assess A1C and cholesterol levels

· A digital scale to help you monitor your weight

· Books written by program hosts, including Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes and Simply Plant Based by Vanita Rahman, MD

Each online study class will include nutrition education, support, and interactive Q&A with a physician, and several classes will feature guest clinicians, chefs, success stories, and cooking demonstrations. Topics include:

1. What Is the Connection Between Food and Diabetes?

2. How to Eat Plant Based?

3. Which Carbohydrates Are Best for Diabetes?

4. What is the Role of Dietary Fat in Diabetes?

5. Cooking Demonstration

6. Dining Out and Social Events

7. Checking In and Special Guest (TBD)

8. How Much Protein Do You Need?

9. How to navigate thanksgiving and the holidays?

10. How to Eat Mindfully and manage portion sizes

11. What Is the Difference Between Sodium and Salt?

12. Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead

The cost of the program is $399 and classes will take place via Zoom from 6-7 p.m. ET on Thursdays starting 21 September 2023.

Reserve your spot today and take charge of your health with a healthy plant-based diet!

If you have any questions about this study program, please contact 202-567-2546.

Registration for the study is now closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.    How will the online study program work?

a.    Informed consent: We will arrange for an online group session to review the informed consent form. We will provide you with an opportunity to speak one-on-one via telephone or an online meeting with our investigating team for any further questions that you may have.

b.    All weekly meetings will be held online through Zoom.

c.    You may have your labs drawn at a local commercial laboratory (LabCorp) facility before, and after the completion of the study program.

2.    What if I am unable to attend all 12 sessions? Are the sessions recorded?
To protect the privacy of all participants and to foster real-time engagement, we encourage you to attend all 12 sessions so that you derive the greatest benefit from the study program. However, we do understand that at times you may have to miss a class. If you miss a class, we will do our best to accommodate you. We will provide you with the presentation materials from the missed session and answer any questions. However, classes are not recorded and will not be available to view on demand. 

3.    How is this study program different from the Fight Diabetes With Food Program?
At the Physicians Committee, we offer many types of programs to accommodate our participants’ needs, preferences, and schedules. Here’s a brief description of each program:

a.    Diabetes Reversal Online Program and Study is an online experimental program that will run over 12 weeks. We will check participants’ A1C and cholesterol levels before, and after the program. There will be 12 weekly classes that will last approximately 60 minutes and will include nutrition education, and live interaction among the research team and participants. Each class will cover a different topic related to nutrition and health. One of the classes will feature live cooking demonstrations. All participants will have two one-on-one consultations with a dietitian and will receive nutrition books and a digital scale to track their body weight.

b.    The Fight Diabetes With Food Program is an eight-week online program with weekly sessions. Each session provides nutrition education. It does not include cooking demonstrations, laboratory tests, one-on-one consultations with a dietitian, a digital scale, or books. Participants are not able to see each other or engage in real-time conversations with clinicians. 

4.    Research studies are usually free – why is there a fee for this one?
The fee covers the cost of the nutrition education sessions, laboratory testing, dietitian consultations, digital scale, and books. The program has been structured as a study so that we may order laboratory tests and monitor clinical outcomes. 

5.    What is your refund policy, and can I pay in installments?
We are currently only accepting single payments. We do not offer refunds for cancellations or missed classes.

6.    How many participants do you expect in the program?
The research study will involve several cohorts, and we expect to have anywhere from 15-55 participants in each cohort.

7.    Can family or friends join me for the online sessions?
We encourage you to invite your family members or friends to sit alongside you for the online sessions. However, we will not be tracking their weight, laboratory tests, or health outcomes.

8.    Can I get handouts for the program or classes? 
We will provide a resource portal where you can download class handouts and other helpful resources.