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The University of Colorado is part of groundbreaking research, that will provide future guidelines for treating type two diabetes.
News 5 spoke with a Colorado Springs participant about what this means for him, and eventually folks across the nation with the same diagnosis. 
"The care that I get, it's cutting edge, it's comprehensive," said Stephen Craig, participant.  
And it's not just going to help Craig. 
"When all is said and done, I can say I helped them determine which drug was the best combination with metformin, to help diabetics," he said. 
The Air Force veteran was diagnosed in 2012, and was put on metformin, which is typically the first line of treatment.
Over time patients, including Stephen, need additional medications for blood sugar control.
"The purpose of GRADE study is to find out what combination of medication works better with patients of type two diabetes and can maintain glycemic control for longer period of time," said Dr. Neda Rasouli, Director, Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinical Trial program at University of Colorado.
Dr. Rasouli is principal investigator for the study. 
She says right now there's not enough data to know what combination works the best; so a drug is randomly selected for each participant.
"I'm on a drug called lantus and that's an injectable. Other participants may be on a different injectable drug, maybe non-insulin, maybe it's a pill form," said Craig. 
After a year, his A1C level (the marker for doctors to see his blood sugar) has dropped significantly; from a 7.8 to 6.3. 
"Which is pre-diabetic level score," said Craig. 
"That's great control for this patient. By more than one percent reduction A1C we know that we are decreasing the risk of future complications of diabetes by about 30 percent in this case, which is great!" said Dr. Rasouli. 
Great for Stephen Craig and eventually patients across the nation. 
"It's going to be a game changer, it's going to change the guidelines. It's going to provide information for entire community of physician providers, and tell them how to treat diabetes, so thats how important it is," added. Dr. Rasouli. 
Participants will be monitored for the next five years. 
They are still looking for more people.
To find out more information and if you might qualify contact: 720-848-6473 
Or head to: http://gradestudy.com/
 

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