Better drugs and devices mean better treatments.
Better treatments mean longer, healthier lives.
Longer, healthier lives means more time with the people you love.
Clinical trials = love.
Clinicaltrials.gov is the first place to look to see if there is a clinical trial you can participate in that happens to be in your area.
Want a little nudge?
Click on this link for all open clinical trials in the United States with “diabetes” as the keyword.
Click on this link for all open clinical trials in the United States with “Type 1 diabetes” as the keyword. (There are currently 428 studies available.)
You can modify your search and pick your state (heck, if you are out of the U.S., there are still studies you can do). Some areas have more opportunities than others, but this is your chance to get involved and help all people with diabetes. I’ve done clinical trials and am always on the lookout to do more. Why?
Clinical trials = love.
Our very good friends have a child with cancer. This child was being treated with high-dose chemotherapy and developed a life-threatening liver issue. The only treatment that gave them an option was through a clinical trial. That clinical trial saved his life. In participating in the trial, his results will help pave the way for better treatment options for others. He didn’t have a choice (thankfully the clinical trial was available), but we have a choice right now to help others.
Clinicaltrials.gov is a crappy website. Yep. There. I said it. It’s not user-friendly, but it does provide you with all of the information you need. And you can look at it anytime because they’re constantly updating it. For ALL disease states, not just diabetes.
Want to Participate?
Once you’ve found a study that you might want to participate in, you’ll need to check the “inclusion criteria,” which will tell you whether you not you’re a candidate. Some are specifically by age range, some may exclude those who have had illnesses, and others must have individuals in a certain weight range or HbA1C range. If you meet the criteria, you can contact the study coordinator and get more information.
Some trials will provide not only the medication or device during the trial, but medical team appointments and travel/monetary compensation. You can be altruistic AND help yourself at the same time!
If you see your medical team at a research center, ask them if there are any clinical studies that you can participate in. (You never know!)
Also, if you happen to be in the Chicago area and meet the criteria, here’s something that you can do to help…
Research Study for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes at University of Illinois Chicago
If you are 18 to 30 years old with Type 1 Diabetes, using an insulin pump, not working Evening, Night or Rotating Shifts and willing to participate in a research study then you may be able to help!
Research activities will include: 1 hour visit for health history and physical, wearing monitors to measure activity & glucose and an overnight sleep study.
Research Related activities will occur at: UIC College of Nursing (845 South Damen Street, Chicago, IL 60612) and UIC Sleep Science Center (2242 West Harrison Street, Suite 104, Chicago, IL 60612)
Participants will be compensated for time and travel.