University of Washington offers free diabetes treatment to research participants


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If you follow our blog, you know that there are lots of studies currently ongoing hoping to find a permanent solution for type 2 diabetes. A team from the University of Washington hopes to be one step closer to the cure with a research which would enable them to offer free diabetes treatment to qualified patients.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is a chronic disease that happens when there is a problem on how the body uses or creates insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to transport glucose into the cells where it will be stored. As a result, glucose fails to be stored for energy and hence, after some time, accumulates in the body.

Dr. Kristina Utzschneider from the University of Washington has been treating diabetes patients for eleven years. She had seen all types of complications caused by diabetes such as blindness, muscle degeneration and kidney failure among others. Dr. Utzchneider, an assistant professor of medicine in the said university, says that type 2 diabetes can greatly affect one’s quality of life. In addition, she pointed out that the reason why complications persist is because some doctors don’t treat diabetes aggressively enough to prevent it from causing said complications later in a person’s life.

Now, Dr. Utzschneider is initiating a national research to find out what is the best course of treatment for diabetes patients who are at risk of experiencing diabetes-related complications. The National Institute of Health has provided the funding for the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness (GRADE) study which aims to point out the best combination of treatments or medications for patients. The University is actively searching for respondents who shall receive free experimental treatment for seven years. Qualified patients will be handled, evaluated and treated by a diabetes specialists who they can expect to provide them with extra care and attention. Patients will not need to worry about the treatment as each treatment will still be personalized and are not based on a single strict regimen.

Dr. Steven Kahn, also a professor of medicine at UW, is leading a team who will focus on diabetes prevention measures. Dubbed as the Restoring Insulin Secretion (RISE) study, it shall explore possible strategies to prevent the onset of diabetes on children and adults. Type 2 diabetes can be brought about by a person’s lifestyle and genetic history so they are in need of participants who have a family history of diabetes, gestational diabetes, or gout.

Dr. Kahn encourages qualified participants to join since the study can be a huge help to millions of people around the globe. The RISE study will be much shorter and would only take one to two years of intervention and followup.

For more information, call GRADE or RISE at (206)277-4013. 

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