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Early ACTID logoEarly ACTID recruitment now complete.

We are delighted to say that on June 17th 2008 we randomised our 550th subject into the Early ACTID study and the decision has now been taken to close the study to further recruitment of new subjects as of 1st July 2008. There are still subjects in the screening phase and these will all be randomised into the study if eligible. We estimate that the last subject will be randomised at the beginning of August 2008 giving us a final number of around 580 recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetes subjects in the study altogether.

The Early ACTID team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, especially all those in primary care and structured diabetes education teams, who have made achieving this impressive target possible.

We anticipate that 12 month follow-up of all the participants should be complete by July 2009 and we hope to be able to report to you the primary outcome results towards the end of 2009.

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Last chance to take part in landmark type 2 diabetes study

Press release issued 9 April 2008

People with type 2 diabetes living in the south west have already been participating in the largest diet and exercise trial in the UK for people with type 2 diabetes, but more people are needed to help.

The Early ACTivity In Diabetes (Early ACTID) study, run by the University of Bristol, is assessing the benefits of diet and exercise for people with type 2 diabetes. Exercise and diet are thought to be important factors in the treatment of the disease. Researchers know diet can control glucose levels and improve blood pressure and cholesterol in people with diabetes but it is not known whether also increasing exercise will provide additional improvements in these factors. Conducting the study has been made possible by a combined award of a 1 million grant from Diabetes UK and NHS Research and Development.

The trial has recruited nearly 500 patients and now wishes to involve another 80 people from across the south west who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after October 2007. Individuals will be allocated to one of the three groups. Those in the first group receive regular help and advice on improving their diet, the second group receive the same dietary advice, but also receive help to increase their daily levels of exercise. The final group will be a control group, which will receive standard care.

Participants are seen at their most local hospital. Hospitals involved in the study include Musgrove Park, Taunton; Weston General, Weston-super-Mare; the BRI, Southmead and Frenchay, Bristol; Delancey, Cheltenham and Gloucester hospitals.

The programme is a joint study between three departments at the University of Bristol. Drs Robert Andrews and Colin Dayan from Henry Wellcome Laboratories for Integrative Neuroscience and Endocrinology, Dr Ashley Cooper in the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, and Dr Alan Montgomery and Professors Tim Peters and Debbie Sharp in Primary Health Care.

Alastair Norcross, Early ACTID Study Coordinator, said: "This study has proved more popular than we expected - over 95 per cent of people have completed the whole one year programme and many people have said that they would have wanted to continue after the end of their year with us."

A participant, who has recently completed a year with the study, added "I enjoyed the programme, it focused my attention, made me very aware of how to understand and control my diabetes. Great thing for anyone recently diagnosed as the information and support is great."

It you would like part in the study and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the last six months, please contact the Early ACTID team for more information on 0117 928 2440 or visit www.bristol.ac.uk/earlyactid.

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ACTID Actively Recruiting !

We are still recruiting patients. If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the past 6 1/2 months, you might be eligible to take part in the study. If you are considering joining us, go to the download page and download a copy of the patient information sheet. If you don't have access to a printer, contact the Early ACTID office and we'll be happy to post you a copy. Take time to read through the information and share it with your family and GP if you wish. At first sight it may look like a lot to read, but we want to explain exactly what taking part in the study will involve. If you have any questions remaining after reading the information, feel free to contact the Early ACTID office directly, by e-mail or telephone. Click on the 'contact us' link for the address and telephone details. If you would like to take part, please print out the reply slip & send it back to the Early ACTID free-post address. If you do want not to take part we would be grateful if could still send the reply slip back to us, with a brief explanation why you decided not to. (Edited: 19/02/07)

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