By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: April 2009
Options Health Research staff members will soon be working on a new Type 2 diabetes study. (L to R): Derrick Weber, Charlotte Johnston, Lillian Effinger and Stacy Goodin.
Options Health Research is a privately owned and operated clinical research site located in Tulsa, OK. The organization is currently recruiting volunteers for their new Type 2 diabetes study, which seeks to gain approval for new medications that will better stabilize and control the disease.
Diabetes is a serious healthcare issue that is projected to affect approximately 221 million people within the next year. The primary factor in this disease is hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar levels. This occurs when the body becomes resistant to the action of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood glucose.
“It’s important to keep our blood sugar controlled,” says staff member Charlotte Johnson, RN. “When too much sugar remains in our blood for a long period, it can cause damage to blood vessels and nerves. If you don’t produce enough insulin or if the insulin doesn’t work correctly, blood sugar cannot get into your cells. Instead it stays in the bloodstream and raises blood sugar levels.”
Persistent increased blood sugar levels can affect several major body systems, including the cardiovascular, kidney and neurological systems. Serious complications that may occur due to diabetes include coronary heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, blindness, erectile dysfunction, neuropathy (loss of sensation, especially in the feet), kidney disease and gastroparesis (slowed emptying of the stomach).
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. It accounts for more than 90 percent of the total number of diabetics and usually develops after age 18. Recent studies indicate that the early detection of symptoms can decrease the chance of developing complications of the disease. Some common symptoms include frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurred vision.
“Diet and exercise can be a great starting point for warding off the disease’s extreme complications,” says Lillian Effinger, LPN at Options Health Research. “Read the labels on food containers and monitor carbohydrate and sugar levels.” Walking as little as three or four times a week for 30 minutes can also help maintain sugar levels. If the combination of diet and exercise does not work for a patient, diabetic medications will likely be needed.
Options Health Research is currently looking for volunteers who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and are poorly controlled under their current diabetic regimen of medication and/or diet and exercise. If you are currently taking a diabetic medication, the dose must have been stable for the last three months.
If you are interested in the study and feel you may qualify, give Options Health Research a call at (918) 513-3473. All study-related medications and services are free of charge. If you are without insurance, this study could potentially be a lifesaver.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.