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Cornwalls Finds First UK Patient For New Diabetes Study

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:12pm 16th August 2013.

Treliske has signed up the first patient in the UK to take part in a world-wide study.

It will test whether a new drug can help control blood sugar levels in sufferers, who undergo daily insulin injections.

In the Duchy, over 25,000 have the condition which significantly increases the risk of serious heart conditions.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has been asked to provide five patients for the six year long GRAND-306 trial.

Consultant Dr Duncan Brown said: "It has got the potential to stop them needing insulin, because if patients can find a tablet that can control their blood sugars, it's less likely they're going to need insulin. That, for their quality of life, and safety may be a significant advantage.

"Despite all the modern treatments we have, probably about seventy percent end up getting disease of the major blood vessels. Now this is a new drug, and we're looking over six years, to see what does to the blood sugars."

Helen Chenoweth, specialist diabetes research nurse explained, "The study is looking for a very specific patient group.  Across the world it will be following around 5,000 patients in 700 different centres.  Here in Cornwall we are being asked to put forward just 5 patients."

"We're delighted we've recruited the first patient in the UK and have already consented three of the five participants we require. Research studies rely on us being able to get them set up quickly and getting patients engaged, as clearly if there are benefits to be had from new treatments, like the pharmaceutical companies, we want to see patients get access to them as soon as possible."

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