There are three main forms of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and genetic diabetes. The treatment for each is very different because they have different causes.
It is not always easy for doctors to be able to say for certain what kind of diabetes a person has. Getting the right diagnosis is important to know what treatment will be most effective; for example patients with Type 1 diabetes need insulin, whereas most patients with type 2 diabetes may be effectively treated without insulin.
The purpose of this research is to determine whether blood tests can help us improve treatment by identifying which patients have Type 1 diabetes, and will need very early insulin treatment, and which patients are unlikely to need insulin treatment at diagnosis. These tests include antibodies against the cells that make insulin (often seen in Type 1 diabetes), and a new test which assesses genetic risk of diabetes.
Who Can Take Part?
You can take part in the StartRight study if you have been diagnosed with diabetes during the last 12 months and you were 18 years of age or over at the time of your diagnosis. By participating you may help us discover whether early testing of blood samples can improve diabetes diagnosis and treatment.
What will I need to do if I take part?
The study involves 4 appointments (2 face to face appointments and 2 by phone, email, post or in person) over a 3 year period.
For further details about taking part in StartRightare available by
For reference and further information, the Exeter versions of the study documents are provided here. Each recruiting site will have their own localised version with individual site details and contacts.