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Type 2 Study Looking for Volunteers

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If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the past five years, then you may be eligible to help researchers test treatments in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Current guidelines typically recommend the oral drug metformin as a first-line treatment, along with a healthful diet and exercise. If metformin isn’t enough to control a person’s blood glucose levels, doctors will sometimes add another medicine, but no long-term studies have been conducted to determine which combination of drugs works best and has the fewest side effects.

To address this, NIH has launched a long-term clinical trial known as the GRADE study, in which investigators will examine the pros and cons of using common diabetes medicines along with metformin.

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The study aims to enroll about 5,000 volunteers in 37 locations across the United States. All participants will take metformin, along with a second medicine randomly assigned from among four classes of drugs approved for use with metformin by the FDA.

Volunteers will receive their medicine for free during the study. Other health-care must come from their usual providers.

For more information about the study, including locations of participating centers, click here.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

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