WashU Conducting 5-Year Diabetes Trial

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - What’s the best way to control Type 2 diabetes?

Washington University researchers are starting a five-year trial to find out.

Lead researcher Janet McGill says 300 volunteers in St. Louis will get either pills or injections in addition to taking metformin, the most commonly prescribed medication for Type 2 diabetes. The goal is to see which combination provides the best blood sugar control without side effects.

“The goal here is to define the best treatment for getting glucoses to the near-normal range with agents that are currently on the market,” McGill says.

McGill says keeping blood sugar levels under control can slow progression of the disease and also prevent or delay complications such as heart, vascular, eye and kidney problems.

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