FAQ's

Patient-centered research means including patients, caregivers, and key community stakeholders in all phases of a research study to enhance the project and ensure research activities are focused on issues that matter most to patients.

In Type 1 diabetes, individuals need insulin treatment to manage their disease because their bodies no longer produce it. In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not use the insulin it produces properly to keep blood sugar levels in a normal range. Type 1 diabetes is treated through insulin treatment and medication whereas Type 2 diabetes can often be managed with diet and exercise interventions and may not require the use of insulin treatment.

Yes. Exercise can encourage muscles to use more blood sugar and therefore help bring blood sugar levels to a normal range.

A1C is a blood test value that represents the average amount of glucose in your blood over a 3 month period.

There are so many research studies currently underway related to diabetes. Ask your primary care provider or endocrinologist if they are aware of any research opportunities you may be eligible for. Also, bulletin boards within research hospitals, advertisements in your local paper, and flyers distributed at community events are all ways you can find out about research studies in your area.

Stakeholders and patient partners can be engaged in a range of research activities, including proposal formation, recruitment plans, informed consent procedures, data collection, data analyses, and dissemination of study findings. Each individual or community group can enhance the research study by providing their valued input and experience.

YES! If you are a patient or caregiver of the disease being studied, your lived experience is INVALUABLE. If you work in a position within the community where research results can be shared in a meaningful way that could benefit society that is INVALUABLE. Community contributions enhance research and help bridge the gap of study findings and improved health outcomes.

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Want to learn more about the work we are doing? Are you interested in becoming a patient partner? Have a question about a community event? Get answers to these questions and more by contacting PaTH to Health: Diabetes using the form below or email pathtohealth@pennstatehealth.psu.edu