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Diabetes and Obesity Institute

Diabetes and Obesity Institute

Provides oversight and coordination for diabetes and obesity related research spanning both the Hershey and University Park campuses

The Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (PSIDO) is a collaboration of scientists, health care providers, patients and friends whose goal is to increase the scientific and medical knowledge needed to eradicate obesity and diabetes and help those with obesity and diabetes to live better lives.

PSIDO seeks to provide Penn State researchers with resources to better conduct their studies. Our research is organized under four research areas, referred to as programmatic areas.  Growth of cross-campus multi-investigator collaborations are facilitated through administrative and other support provided to our members.  PSIDO members have access to resources including seed grants, human subject recruitment resources, and opportunities to share research ideas with other Penn State researchers in a collaborative environment.

People eat more breakfast cereal, by weight, when flake size is reduced, according to Penn State researchers including Barbara Rolls, who showed that when flakes are reduced by crushing, people pour a smaller volume of cereal into their bowls, but still take a greater amount by weight and calories. Cereal flake size influences calorie intake - Full article
A mathematical model created by Penn State researchers including Peter Molenaar can predict with more than 90 percent accuracy the blood glucose levels of individuals with type 1 diabetes up to 30 minutes in advance of imminent changes in their levels – plenty of time to take preventative action. Model predicts blood glucose levels 30 minutes later - Full article
The Volumetrics diet created by Huck Institutes affiliate Barbara Rolls has been ranked No. 6 out of 32 diets in the Best Diets Overall category of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets 2014. Volumetrics diet among U.S. News & World Report's Best Diets of 2014 - Full article