Diabetic youths needed to help research project

The national charity Diabetes UK is asking for parents of diabetic 10- to 16-year olds to let them help out on a study looking at treatments for patients with type 1 diabetes to find means of improving the prevention of diabetes-related heart and kidney problems.
The study will investigate two particular treatments being used to reduce blood pressure and blood fats in adults, and which have the potential to prevent the chances of other complications in diabetes, such as stroke, blindness and amputation. The charity is calling on youths in that age group in range of towns and cities in England to register with a local research centre and provide supply urine samples for the study.
The researchers, being carried out by scientists from Cambridge University and supported by Diabetes UK, are wanting volunteers in Aylesbury, Birmingham, Bolto, Bristol, Cambridge, High Wycombe, Manchester, Newcastle, Northampto, Norwich, Oxford, Stockport and Wigan.
Lead researcher David Dunger commented “We need to sign up another 500 young people in the UK before Christmas. Please help us put together another piece of the jigsaw in our understanding of Type 1 diabetes.”
Iain Frame, who is director of research at Diabetes UK, also stated “This is a great opportunity for people with diabetes to play their part in crucial research which will help us combat the complications of diabetes and improve the lives of people living with the condition in the UK and the rest of the world.”

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