Can Type 2 diabetes be reversed? Research study available to Ottawa patients.

January 31, 2020

Researcher consulting patient about diabetes studyCan we put Type 2 diabetes into remission? The Ottawa Hospital is one of eight sites across the country where patients can participate in a study of a new approach to treat this chronic condition.

Usually individuals with Type 2 diabetes start treatment with a single medication and add other drugs as the disease worsens. In this study, investigators take an aggressive approach from the beginning with a combination of medications, an intensive diet and an exercise regimen to bring blood sugar levels back to normal. After three months of this approach, participants stop taking the drugs and are followed for 1.3 years to see if their diabetes returns.

The Ottawa Hospital is one of eight Canadian sites taking part in this study, led by the Population Health Research Institute, a joint institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences. A preliminary study of 83 participants in Hamilton showed that 40 percent went into remission for at least three months.

Individuals interested in participating in this study must have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last five years and taking no more than two oral agents for their diabetes. Those interested should contact Lorraine Denis at 613-738-8400 ext. 81951 or

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