Study design of the maycoba project: Obesity and diabetes in mexican pimas

Rene Urquidez-Romero, Julian Esparza-Romero, Lisa S Chaudhari, R. Cruz Begay, Mario Giraldo, Eric Ravussin, William C. Knowler, Robert L. Hanson, Peter H. Bennett, Leslie O. Schulz, Mauro E. Valencia

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Objective: To focus on the rationale and methods of the Maycoba Project. Methods: Study population included Mexican Pima Indians (MPI) and Blancos aged =20-years, living in the village of Maycoba and surrounding area. Surveys in 1995 and 2010 included a medical history, biochemical and anthropometric measurements. Additionally, socioeconomic, physical activity, and dietary interviews were conducted. The 2010 study incorporated investigations on type 2 diabetes (T2D) and obesity-associated genetic alleles and human-environment changes. Results: The study results are limited to demographic data and description of the eligible and examined sample. Conclusions: This study may yield important information on T2D and obesity etiology in a traditional population exposed to environmental changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-378
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2014



  • Environmental changes
  • Pima Indians
  • Prevalence
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology

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Urquidez-Romero, R., Esparza-Romero, J., Chaudhari, L. S., Begay, R. C., Giraldo, M., Ravussin, E., Knowler, W. C., Hanson, R. L., Bennett, P. H., Schulz, L. O., & Valencia, M. E. (2014). Study design of the maycoba project: Obesity and diabetes in mexican pimas. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(3), 370-378.