I have had diabetes for 38 years . Why do I participate in research and clinical trials? Primarily, because I believe in science. It’s only through doing good
science that we will get improvements in understanding the mechanisms
of Type 1 Diabetes and the same approach is needed in evaluating new
treatments and technologies. The Diabetes Technology Research Group team
that managed and implemented this latest study have not only been clear
about what will be done, but have also been supportive both in managing whatever we are doing, including at a personal emotional level.
Safe management of all treatment is a priority and I never feel that I am being asked to do anything that could compromise my safety. It’s a great opportunity to connect with people who have a deep experience of Type 1 and benefit from their knowledge for free. Every time I participate in a trial, I come out with new insights into living with Type 1. If you’re thinking about taking part in a trial, weigh up whether you have the time and can manage the length of the commitment
and if you can, why not get involved? You never know what you might learn!