People diagnosed with diabetes in Cumbria are being offered the chance to help assist vital research into the disease.
The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is seeking diabetes patients in the area to volunteer to take part in three new studies, entitled Address 2, Dare and Trial net.
Address 2 is for people who have been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and aims to better understand the progression of the lifelong autoimmune condition.
Dare is open to anyone with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and is looking at the causes and complications of both conditions, while Trial net is part of an international screening programme for the close relatives of someone with diabetes.
Gillian Webster, a research practitioner for the Trust, said: “We constantly look for the causes of diabetes, new ways to prevent it, how to improve care and treatment and ultimately find a cure .
“Diabetes Week is our chance to tell people about [the] diabetes research happening in our county, to raise awareness of the studies we are running and how you can get involved.”
She added: “I have seen the devastating effects the condition can have on people and their families. That’s why it’s very important to me as a research nurse, to continue spreading the message about diabetes research.”
Anyone interested in participating in the studies should contact Jeanette Dixon on 01228 603632 or e-mail [email protected].

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