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Clinical Trials Can Save Your Life

Clinical trials are a major subset of clinical studies. According to the National Institute of Health, in a clinical trial, participants who are found eligible receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices; procedures; or changes to participants' behavior, such as diet.

 

Clinical trials may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available, to a placebo that contains no active ingredients, or to no intervention. Some clinical trials compare interventions that are already available to each other. When a new product or approach is being studied, it is not usually known whether it will be helpful, harmful, or no different than available alternatives (including no intervention). The investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants. For example, investigators may give a drug or treatment to participants who have high blood pressure to see whether their blood pressure decreases.

Clinical studies can be sponsored, or funded, by pharmaceutical companies, academic medical centers, voluntary groups, and other organizations, in addition to Federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Doctors, other health care providers, and other individuals can also sponsor clinical research. Clinical trials used in drug development are sometimes described by phase. These phases, e.g. Phase I, II and III, are defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

When a patient participates in a clinical trial there is a principal investigator designated. That principal investigator is often a medical doctor. 

 

Your doctor may recommend a clinical trial depending on your eligibility, e.g. meeting certain criteria such as an age, presence of other medical conditions etc.  Clinical trials may be limited in number of participants. 

You can view clinical trials related to Type 2 diabetes by searching on clinicaltrials.gov and entering the necessary information in the search engine. 

We will update this resource with active clinical trials for Type 2 diabetes. 

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