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How Can You Participate In Diabetes Research?

Issue 8.17

Volunteers play a significant role in the development and progression of treatment for diabetes.  Diabetes is a largely misunderstood disease.  A greater knowledge of this disease can help us to prevent and control it.  This knowledge is obtained through clinical research.  Participants in clinical research are the “front-line” champions in the medical world.  Every life-saving treatment started with a volunteer.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.  This form of diabetes starts with our body’s improper use of insulin and progresses until we are unable to produce enough insulin to keep our blood glucose at normal levels.

Although diabetes is a serious disease, it can be controlled.  Education is an important and essential component to controlling diabetes.  This includes gaining a better understanding of the current treatment options as well as the importance of lifestyle modifications.  Weight loss, diet, and exercise are three very important lifestyle modifications and play a major roll in preventing and controlling diabetes.

It’s also important for us to understand that for most people, type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease.  It’s possible for you to do everything right and still gradually lose your ability to produce your own insulin.  Your doctor may want to teach you how to give yourself insulin injections.  This doesn’t mean you have failed.  Self-administering insulin has become a simple process and is very safe with proper education and a little practice.

Our area is fortunate to have several physician groups conducting a variety of clinical trials to improve treatment in several therapeutic areas including diabetes.  Chrysalis Clinical Research coordinates research for physicians and is currently enrolling trials for diabetes.

As a pharmacist and researcher I have had the opportunity to educate many people about diabetes care and treatment.  Our ongoing diabetes trials include both insulin and non-insulin therapies.  These trials provide great education and a solid foundation for patients to build on.  All trial related materials, tests, procedures, medications, and trial related visits with the doctor and research team are free for participants.  Participants will gain a better understanding of diabetes and how to appropriately manage it with both medication and lifestyle modifications.  Participants will be educated by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians.  Participants are also compensated for time and travel.

In addition to diabetes, Chrysalis Clinical Research is performing trials in the following therapeutic areas:  Meniere’s disease, sudden hearing loss, and shingles.

For more information or to see if you might qualify for a clinical trial contact Chrysalis Clinical Research at 435-656-1704 or visit our webpage www.sgccr.com.

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