N.P.’s Study Seeks Filipino-American Patients

When Julian Gallegos, F.N.P., first started at NorthBay Healthcare in the Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in 2010, he noticed something unusual.

While obesity was a prevalent factor in many patients diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the same was not true for the Filipino-American population.

“As a people they tend to be smaller and slender, and yet have higher rates of diabetes,” he said. “There has to be another reason for it.”

Julian is in his fifth year at the University of Arizona, studying for his PhD. In addition to working part-time in NorthBay Urology, he’s also a full-time instructor in the nursing program at Touro University.

His theory comes down to fat. To simplify, there’s visible fat — what you can see from the outside of a person’s body. And then there’s subcutaneous fat — visceral fat that lies within the organs. Julian’s premise is that Filipino American’s have a higher percentage of “inner fat.”

He has received permission of NorthBay Healthcare’s Institutional Review Board to use space at NorthBay to conduct his study, and to invite patients (and non-patients) to participate.

The study includes one visit with Julian, during which he will obtain a health history and body measurements and blood samples.

He seeks three groups of patients — 50 without diabetes, 50 who are classified as pre-diabetes and 50 who have type 2 diabetes. All participants must be Filipino-American, 18 years or older, and speak English. All participants earn a $20 gift card of choice.

Appointments, approximately 40 minutes each, will be scheduled at NorthBay Medical Center on Oct. 4, 13, 18 and 27; on Nov. 3, 8, 15, 21 and 29; and Dec. 6, 12, 15, 19 and 22. Appointments on the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus will be on Oct. 6, 11, 20, 25; Nov. 1, 10 and 17; and Dec. 1, 8 13 and 20.

Julian plans to recruit through local cultural associations, churches and even invites NorthBay staff to participate.

Julian, a Vacaville resident, hopes to complete all the research by December and wrap up his studies in May. For more information, e-mail him at jgallegos1@email.arizona.edu or call/text him at (707) 564-5652.