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Advice for people with diabetes and their families

Diabetes research can’t happen without the help of people living with diabetes.

You can play a vital role by taking part in a research study or trial.

Scientists need your help to prevent diabetes, find new treatments, improve care, and ultimately, stop diabetes in its tracks.

But before new treatments can benefit people living with diabetes, they must be carefully tested to work out if they're safe, what the side effects are and whether they're better than treatments we already have. By volunteering to take part, you could play a crucial part in the fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

You can get involved in research at any time, but did you know many clinical trials testing new treatments to stop Type 1 diabetes in its tracks can only recruit people within the first six months of their diagnosis?

  • ADDRESS-2 is meeting the challenge and recruiting people with Type 1 diabetes to clinical trials pioneering new immunotherapies to slow or stop Type 1 in its tracks.
  • The Type 1 diabetes Immunotherapy Consortium (T1D UK) brings together researchers from across the UK to run trials that develop and test new immunotherapies.
  • TrialNet is an international network of leading academic institutions, scientists and healthcare teams dedicated to the prevention of Type 1 diabetes, by working with both people living with Type 1 diabetes and their families.

Whether it's a clinical trial, an interview or a questionnaire, research breakthroughs can only happen with your support. 

We list opportunities for getting involved here. If you would like to take part in a clinical trial, you should always consult your healthcare team and speak to the healthcare professionals involved in the study. 

All clinical trials are reviewed to ensure they are fair to participants and have the necessary ethical approval before advertising on this page. 

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Stress hormones and risk of Type 2 diabetes

Subtitle:
Stress hormones and risk of Type 2 diabetes
Institution:
University of Birmingham
Location:
Birmingham
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
October 2019
December 2021

Researchers at the University of Birmingham would like to invite people with Type 2 diabetes, aged 40-80 years who manage their condition with diet, to take part in a study exploring the link between Type 2 diabetes and making too much of the stress hormone - cortisol.

Participants will be asked to attend one visit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, lasting approximately 2 hours.

Barriers and enablers to attending your eye screening

Subtitle:
Enabling diabetic RetinOpathy Screening: Mixed methods study of barriers and enablers to attendance (EROS study)
Institution:
City University of London
Location:
London
Tags:
Interview
Dates:
November 2019
November 2020

Researchers at City University of London would like to recruit young adults (18-34 years) with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who have attended at least one diabetic eye screening appointment to take part in an interview. The aim of the study is to find out what makes people attend their screening and identify any barriers to attending.  

Exploring experiences of compassion in healthcare

Subtitle:
Capturing Compassionate Care Research Study (CCARE Study)
Institution:
University of Bath
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
November 2020
October 2021

Researchers at University of Bath would like to recruit people aged 18 or over who have attended a face to face, phone or video call healthcare appointment within the past month to take part in an online questionnaire that explores experiences of care and compassion from healthcare professionals. 

Take part in the survey or contact Ellen Huish for more information at eh301@bath.ac.uk

Exploring the impact of hypos on quality of life

Subtitle:
Hypoglycaemia among people living with diabetes and their family members: A qualitative multi-country online study to explore experiences, wishes, and needs
Institution:
University of Southern Denmark
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
September 2020
June 2021

Researchers at the University of Southern Denmark would like to recruit people who are living with diabetes, or who have a family member with diabetes, to take part in a survey looking at the impact of hypos on quality of life.

You can find more information or take the survey, which will take around 30 minutes to complete. 

Can DNA-based diets improve blood sugar levels in people at high risk of type 2?

Subtitle:
Assessment of the Impact of a Personalised Nutrition Intervention in Impaired Glucose Regulation
Institution:
Imperial College London
Location:
London
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
October 2018
June 2021

Researchers at Imperial College London would like to recruit people over 18 years of age with prediabetes to take part in a study testing a new type of diet. They're aiming to find out if a diet tailored to an individual's unique genetic makeup - known as a DNA-based diet - can improve blood sugar levels, and potentially prevent people progressing to type 2 diabetes. 
 

Online therapy to support people with type 2 diabetes and anxiety and depression

Subtitle:
A pre-post intervention study to investigate the effectiveness of diabetes specific online therapist delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for people with type 2 diabetes
Institution:
Ieso Digital Health
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
December 2019
June 2021

Researchers at Ieso Digital Health would like to recruit people aged 18 years or over who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for at least 12 months and who are worried or struggling with low mood to take part in an online study. It aims to find out whether a course of online cognitive behavioural therapy can help to treat diabetes-related anxiety and depression, and have a positive impact on mental well-being and diabetes self-management. 

Healthcare professionals and cyber victimisation

Subtitle:
Healthcare professionals and cyber victimisation
Institution:
National Centre for Cyberstalking Research
Location:
UK-wide
Tags:
Questionnaire

Researchers at the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research (NCCR) would like to recruit GPs in the UK to take part in a study, to examine their perceptions on the impact cyber victimisation (cyberharassment, cyberstalking, cyber disability hate incidents) has on people living with chronic conditions or disabilities.

If you are interested in taking part, contact NCCR@beds.ac.uk for information.

Helping young people with Type 1 diabetes produce their own insulin - USTEKID trial

Subtitle:
Helping young people with Type 1 diabetes produce their own insulin - USTEKID trial
Institution:
Cardiff and Swansea Universities
Location:
UK-wide
Tags:
Clinical trial
Dates:
December 2018
December 2022

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body's own immune system damaging the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Researchers at Cardiff and Swansea Universities would like to develop a treatment that can slow this process down, by targeting the immune cells causing the damage.

How does our emotional wellbeing impact our lifestyle?

Subtitle:
Assessing potential barriers to lifestyle change in people with moderate to high risk of type 2 diabetes
Institution:
University of Ulster
Location:
Online study
Tags:
Questionnaire
Dates:
October 2020
June 2021

Ulster University would like to recruit people aged 18-80 who could be at risk of type 2 diabetes to take part in a study that will find out whether mental, social and emotional health plays a role in our lifestyles, which could impact physical health and our risk of type 2 diabetes as we progress throughout our lives.

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