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Dr. Meena Shah joined the TCU Kinesiology Department in 2001. Her primary focus is on the role of diet and exercise on the risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. She has investigated the effects of diets of different composition and/or exercise interventions on body weight, lipids, lipoprotein particle numbers, glycemic control, endothelial dysfunction, and blood pressure. Her secondary focus is on the effect of eating behaviors such as eating speed on energy intake and hormones that control appetite. She has also examined the effect of the eating environment such as menu labels on food choices. A number of her studies have been conducted in minority populations including Hispanics, African-Americans, and South Asians. Dr. Shah was awarded the Deans’ Research Award in 2013. In 2016-2017, Dr. Shah went on a sabbatical and worked as a Visiting Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center to study the factors that contribute to the high incidence of type 2 diabetes in South Asians.


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