Study Type

Women's Health

Study Purpose

Were you diagnosed with gestational diabetes within the last year?

Did you know that women who develop and do not manage gestational diabetes (GDM) are susceptible to GDM in future pregnancies? And their risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life increases by 7 times?

Doctors at Pennington Biomedical Research Center want to learn how lifestyle changes can help with losing weight, lowering blood sugar levels, and improving health for women diagnosed with GDM within the last year.

About the Study

Many believe it is important for mothers with a history of GDM to adopt a healthy lifestyle program within the first year after delivering their baby to prevent their poorly controlled blood sugar levels from continuing or becoming worse after their baby is born.

In the PRIDE research study, participants will be assigned to a lifestyle program that will increase their amount of physical activity and change their diet to include foods that are lower in calories and fat. Group one is a face-to-face lifestyle program including meetings with a lifestyle coach. Group two is a telehealth lifestyle program including telephone calls with a lifestyle coach.

Study Design

If you qualify during the screening process, you will be randomly assigned to one of two groups for your 8 month program:

  • Face-to-Face Lifestyle Program Group:
    • You will complete a lifestyle program with weekly (for the first 6 months) and biweekly (in months 7 and 8) meetings with a lifestyle coach at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).
  • Telehealth Lifestyle Program Group:
    • You will complete the lifestyle program during weekly (for the first 6 months) and biweekly (in months 7 and 8) telephone calls with a lifestyle coach. These phone calls will last about 15 to 60 minutes.

The lifestyle program will start 4 months after your baby is born. During the program, you will be asked to visit the Pennington Biomedical Research Center monthly for a checkup.

The following measurements will be collected throughout the study:

  • Height, weight, and blood pressure
  • Body composition measurements (% body fat)
  • Food diaries
  • Questionnaires

Summary of the number of visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 10 clinic visits
All study related procedures will be provided at no cost to participants. You may also be provided your results at the end of study upon request.

Study Qualifications

  • Female
  • Age: 18-45 years old
  • Diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy within the last year

Study Duration

9 months


Earn up to $70 in gift cards for participation.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for the PRIDE Study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or email

If you would like to discuss the PRIDE research study more or have any questions, a member of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory is available by phone (225-763-2725) or text messaging (225-326-0546).

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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