Case studies

Diabetes My Way

Investigating if a new online system can help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition.

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Diabetes medication and cardiovascular health

Testing if diabetes medication can also be used to prevent heart attack, stroke, and other complications in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes opportunities in Greater Manchester

Co-producing resources with patients for people with living with diabetes in Greater Manchester.

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Developing a research proposal

Developing research to test a smartphone app to help people better manage their own health.

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Developing a set of core outcomes for research into glucose-lowering treatments.


The SuMMiT-D study

Dr Kiera Bartlett shares her experience of using Research for the Future to support recruitment.

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Prevention of foot ulcer recurrence in diabetes patients using plantar pressure biofeedback

Our research team, led by Prof. Neil Reeves from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) successfully used Help BEAT Diabetes to recruit people with diabetes to our foot and ulcer prevention study.

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Driving with Diabetes – The role of eye movements in driving performance in people with diabetes

Monica Perazzolo, researcher at Manchester University gives her experience of using Research for the Future to recruit to her recent study

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Tameside Bone Metabolism study

Dr Janice Mascarenas, researcher at Tameside & Glossop IC NHS Foundation Trust, shares her feedback having accessed Research for the Future

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The UK Diabetes and Diet Questionnaire: Assessing dietary habits of people with, or at high risk of, type 2 diabetes

In 2013, we invited Help BEAT Diabetes volunteers to help Clare England, a research dietitian from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, develop a questionnaire to assess the dietary habits of people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes. Clare wanted to find out what people with the condition thought […]

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Accessing the Research for the Future service to help recruit

In this short film, Stephanie Yau discusses the kinds of research she is involved in and the benefits of using the Research for the Future service to help recruit to time and target.


Mrs Sam J’s story: My experience of taking part in research

Mrs Sam J is 55-years-old and has had type 2 diabetes for four years. She joined Help BEAT Diabetes in 2013 and describes the first research study she took part in – investigating genetic and environmental factors of type 2 diabetes.

Neuropathy study

Annabella’s experience of taking part in research

Annabella shares why she chose to take part in a study into diabetic neuropathy.

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Mike’s experiences of taking part in research

Mike recounts why he chose to get involved in research and his journey throughout the process.

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Help BEAT Diabetes supports hearing in diabetes research

In this video, Dr Kai Uus describes her experience accessing Research for the Future’s ‘Help BEAT Diabetes’ campaign.

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REFRESHED: REstoring FavouRablE Sleep to HElp patients with Diabetes (Observational Study)

Researchers from The University of Manchester’s Institute of Human Development led by Principle Investigator Dr Martin Rutter, senior lecturer and honorary consultant physician, are undertaking research to assess how sleep disturbance is related to blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The research team approached Help BEAT Diabetes to help with recruitment alongside […]

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Living with multiple co-morbidities (Focus Group)

Rebecca Hays, Research Associate, from the Institute of Population Health at The University of Manchester shares her experiences accessing Help BEAT Diabetes support. “I work for the multimorbidity theme of the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. “We were looking for people to join a Patient and Public […]

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Assessment of hearing disability in people with diabetes (Observational Study)

Wai Piu Chong, Postgraduate Student, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester discusses accessing the campaign to support his research. “My study assessed hearing disability in diabetic patients and I had an awesome experience working with the Help BEAT Diabetes team. “The Help BEAT Diabetes campaign has a very well-maintained database of diabetic patients who […]

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Changes in paraoxonase activity, HDL properties and inflammatory markers in people with type 1 diabetes (Observational Study)

Jonathan Schofield, Clinical Research Fellow from The University of Manchester and Specialty Registrar in Endocrinology & Diabetes discusses accessing the campaign to support his research. “I am immensely grateful to the Help BEAT Diabetes team for their efforts advertising our study exploring the association between high-density lipoprotein functionality and microvascular and macrovascular complications in type […]