Type 2 diabetes research is shifting towards more innovative and well-rounded approaches to better understand and even possibly “cure” diabetes. Researchers have started to look at not just diabetes itself but the other conditions that go along with diabetes including high blood pressure, neurological problems, kidney disease, eye problems and heart disease. This is a positive shift in research as it can allow for better overall health for individuals living with diabetes.
Recently, a large study published in the Journal of Diabetes Research evaluated the effects of controlling high blood pressure early on in the treatment process of diabetes. This study included over 15,000 patients and found that for patients who receive early and aggressive efforts to control blood pressure experienced lower rates of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems in the long-term. This is just one of many studies looking at the bigger picture of health and diabetes. These studies support the fact that in order to understand diabetes and keep diabetic patients healthy, careful attention must be paid to more than just diabetes but other conditions as well. In essence, the whole picture must be kept in mind instead of a narrow focus on just diabetes.
The next wave of diabetes research is right here in your own backyard!
Optimum Clinical Research (OCR) has long specialized in diabetes research and is proud to continue to offer study opportunities to our community. Currently, OCR is participating in a global study specifically looking at heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Patients with type 2 diabetes have a much higher risk of dying from heart disease—up to 4 times higher than those without diabetes! In addition to this study, OCR has several other diabetes studies currently enrolling.
Why join a research study?
• Research is always 100% confidential and voluntary
• Participants can receive compensation for time and travel
• No health insurance is needed or required
• Continue to see your current doctors
• Receive study-related medications and care at no cost
• To improve treatments and care for diabetics