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BATON ROUGE - A study is now underway to determine if exercising can help lower the risk of diabetes in African American men. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for volunteers.

It's estimated that between 15-20% of African Americans have diabetes. The disease has been linked to other illnesses like heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. That is why Pennington is researching the effects of physical activity on people with a family history of diabetes.

"My favorite part is getting tests and my medical information," explains McDowell Porter III, who's participating in the study. "My father and mother have diabetes, and my father has other health issues, so I want to take preventative measures to be sure I am healthy and live a long life."

"There's two arms to the program: The healthy living arm where men get information for 5 months about how to live a healthier lifestyle," Dr. Robert L. Newton, Jr. says. "Then there's the exercise arm where men will come to exercise at the YMCA for 5 months and work with a personal trainer."

Pennington is looking for African American men between 35 and 70 for their ARTIIS Study. If you're interested, visit their website or give them a call at (225) 763-3000.



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