Researchers are looking for patients for Diabetes Dating
If you’re diabetic, chances are you’re very interested in a cure for the disease. One of the ways that diabeties patients can help find a cure for the disease is to participate in clinical trials or research studies. Most people do not have the time to seek out these studies, though, so a new company is seeking diabetics who are interested in participating in a website to match them up with studies going on around the globe.
The idea is being looked at as a kind of diabetes dating agency that can help doctors and patients find each other.
The idea is starting in the United Kingdom, which has roughly 2.8 million diabetics. Three regions in England have said they’ll participate. The goal is to find 25,000 diabetics with diabetes of any kind to participate in the pilot study. It’s being conducted all around London and in the Southwest and Northwest of England.
Prof Martin Gibson, from the DiabetesResearch Network at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, said clinical trials are needed in order to find more and better treatments or even a cure for diabetes.
"Pretty much everyone I talk to with diabetes is interested in research but they don’t get the opportunity.It’s not like cancer where people are increasingly offered the chance to take part in research projects,” he said. "Part of the problem is that people with diabetes are very often out in the community, which is not where the researchers are.So what we’re trying to create is a dating agency so we can bring the two groups together, because both are very interested in trying to find a cure for diabetes."
Diabetes UK Director of Research Dr. Iain Frame said the idea is exciting for many.
"This is a huge opportunity for people withdiabetes to play their part in crucial research that is piecing together the gaps in our knowledge and in our understanding of the condition,” he said. "This exciting campaign will help future generations of people diagnosed with this serious, life-long condition and help us take a step further to a future without diabetes."