The Healthy Hearts and Kidneys Study


People with type 2 diabetes are at high risk of developing heart and kidney disease. Kidney disease progresses more quickly in people who have diabetes than in people who do not have diabetes.

Current research

The goal of the Healthy Hearts and Kidneys Study is to evaluate different technology-supported lifestyle approaches to protecting the heart and kidneys of people with type 2 diabetes. The study employs validated behavioral techniques and assistance from mobile technologies. The proposed intervention does not replace medical care. If you enroll, you should continue to receive routine care from your treating physician during the study.

This National Institutes of Health-funded study is being conducted by investigators in the Center for Healthful Behavior Change at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health.

How you can help

The information obtained from this study will be used to determine the most effective intervention methods for helping people make lifestyle changes to protect their heart and kidneys. While we cannot promise any benefits to you or others taking part in this research, you may experience some physical benefits from weight loss, physical activity and making dietary changes. Future patients may benefit from the knowledge generated from this study about methods for slowing the progression of kidney damage for people with diabetes.

Benefits of participating

  • All procedures and interventions are done at no cost to study participants.
  • Participants receive a small stipend of $20 for each measurement visit in appreciation for their time.
  • All laboratory exam results will be sent to your treating physician.
  • You may be randomized into an intervention that aims to assist you with multiple behavior changes.


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Have type 2 diabetes
  • Are currently overweight
  • Are 40 years of age or older
  • Live in or around New York City, and can travel to our offices in the next 6 months


The total time required is 6 visits. Four visits will occur within the first month of the study. The fifth visit will occur at 3 months and the sixth visit will occur at 6 months. Each visit requires about one hour.

How to participate

For more information about the study, please contact us at 646-501-2585 or email us at