The High Triglycerides and Diabetes Study is for people with high triglycerides and type 2 diabetes. To qualify, you need to meet the following requirements

  • Blood lipid (triglycerides) level of 200 md/dL or higher (tested at screening)
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Good cholesterol control
  • Male age 50 and older, female age 55 and older
  • Or ages 18 and older with a history of heart problems
  • On a stable moderate-to-high dose of a statin or statin intolerance (allergy)

This is a 3-year study with regular visits to our clinical in Greensboro and phone call visits for monitoring. Clinic visits are usually weekday mornings. All study medications and related treatments are free; you will be paid up to $1,000 for completing the study

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood. Your body uses them for energy. You need some triglycerides for good health. But high triglycerides might raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome. Elevated triglycerides may contribute to pancreatitis or hardening of the arteries. This increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart related issues.  Most often, there are no symptoms of having elevated triglycerides.

A blood test that measures your cholesterol also measures your triglycerides. For a general idea about your triglycerides level, compare your test results to the following:

  • Normal is less than 150.
  • Borderline-high is 150 to 199.
  • High is 200 to 499.
  • Very high is 500 or higher.

High triglyceride levels also may be associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and a cluster of heart disease risk factors known as the metabolic syndrome. Together, these features put a person at especially high risk of heart disease.

New treatments in development are testing to see if heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular events can be reduced or prevented in patients with high triglycerides and type 2 diabetes.

You may benefit from potential new therapies in a clinical trial before they are generally available and you will most definitely be helping improve healthcare options for everyone.