Study Type

Physical Activity

Study Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to examine how exercise affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, in African American men.

About the Study

Can exercise lower the risk of developing diabetes in African-American Men?

It is estimated that between 15% and 20% of African Americans have diabetes. Diabetes is associated with heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and other health issues that affect African-Americans in high rates. Studies have shown that individuals who increase levels of physical activity and exercise have a lower risk of developing diabetes.

Study Design

Number of visits:

  • 1 Orientation visit
  • 2 Educational visits
  • 5 Clinic visits 

Study procedures:

  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)
  • Biodex Muscular Strength Testing
  • VO2 Max Test and ECG
  • Whole Body Scan
  • Height, weight, BMI, vitals

Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to one of two intervention groups:

  • Exercise Group
  • No Exercise Group

Once enrolled, participants will complete 20 weeks of their randomly assigned program. Participants in the Exercise Group will complete a five (5) month exercise program at at one of the following YMCA’s: Paula G Manship, Exxon Mobil, CB Pennington, Americana or AC Lewis. The Exercise Group will exercise 3-4 times per week for approximately 60 minutes a session. All study-related procedures will be provided at no cost to the participant.

Study Qualifications

Study Duration

6 months


Earn up to $250 for participation and up to a 5-month membership at a local exercise facility.

Study Contact

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

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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