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BATON ROUGE - Scientists are looking for volunteers for two new studies on diabetes at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Researchers are working to prevent diabetes by treating people with pre-diabetes and type two diabetes with a combination of FDA approved drugs.

One study, D2D, is for pre-diabetes. Doctors are testing the effects of Vitamin D on people who are prone to the disease. They're investigating if setting a daily amount of Vitamin D can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

The second study, GRADE, is for people with type two diabetes. Doctors are looking for the best way to manage the disease, using different combinations of FDA approved drugs to control glucose levels.

Researchers said about one-third of Americans have pre-diabetes, but only five percent of them know they have it. Ten percent of the people in Louisiana already have type two diabetes. Scientists hope their studies can help change these statistics.

"You can do some things you don't really think you can do until your amongst good hands," said Thomas Kelly, a participant in the study for type two diabetes.

Kelly was diagnosed with type two diabetes in 2012. He said being part of this study has changed his life, partly because the doctors behind the research are passionate about his care.

"My grandmother had diabetes. I saw her have to deal with the checking of her blood sugars, and taking her medication, and ultimately developing complications later on in life," said Dr. Daniel Hsia, with Pennington. "As a physician, I didn't want to see that happen to anyone else and so that's what drives me."

Each study needs 150 people for the next six years. For information on how to apply contact Pennington at (225) 763-3000.



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