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Application for participation
in a 12-week study to investigate the effects of weight-loss nutrition and exercise on health markers in men with metabolic sydrome.
We are seeking to recruit at least 40 men aged over 35years, who have multiple cardiovascular risk factors (see below). The aim of the study is to investigate how much a weight-loss programme brought about by diet or exercise improves (reduces) these cardiovascular risk factors over a 12-week period.

We are seeking to recruit at least 40 men aged over 35 years, who are diagnosed with at least 3 of the following conditions:

  • Waist circumference over 94cm/37 inches (measured at belly-button - not your trouser size!)
  • Triglycerides over 1.7mmol/L, or receiving medication for triglycerides
  • HDL cholesterol below 1.0mmol/L
  • Blood pressure above 130/85 or receiving medication for blood pressure
  • Elevated fasting glucose (blood sugar) or receiving medication for elevated blood sugar or diabetes
To qualify for participation in this free programme, you must agree to:
  • You will be asked to provide a medical certificate from your doctor, certifying that you are cleared for physical exercise.
  • Undergo a blood test at the beginning and end of the 12-week programme (blood samples will be taken by a Doctor or qualified Nurse).
  • Attend at least 33 out of 36 exercise sessions (3 sessions per week), if you are assigned to the Exercise group (during evenings). Exact times and days of sessions will be agreed before commencement of the course.
  • Follow all eating recommendations to the best of your ability, if you are assigned to the diet group.
  • You must also agree to meet your nutrition advisor once every 32 weeks (7 meetings in total).
  • You cannot choose in which group you will be placed (you will be randomly selected to a group).
  •  You are encouraged to complete the 12-week programme, so that your data can be utilised for the evaluation of the study, however you are under no obligation to stay on the programme if you do not want to, and you can quit at any time without need for justification.

Closing date:

Closing date for applications is the 27th March, but once we reach 40 applications, we will close the application process. Therefore apply early to avoid being left out. Application does not guarantee participation in the programme. You will be screened during an initial interview, to evaluate if you meet the conditions required for this particular study.

Once you have enrolled, you will receive further instructions via email, and you will be contacted by Richard Geres for an initial meeting.