UK Prospective Diabetes Study
The UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) was a landmark randomised, multicentre trial of glycaemic therapies in 5,102 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. It ran for twenty years (1977 to 1997) in 23 UK clinical sites and showed conclusively that the complications of type 2 diabetes, previously often regarded as inevitable, could be reduced by improving blood glucose and/or blood pressure control.
When the intervention trial finished in September 1997, all surviving UKPDS patients were entered into a ten-year, post-trial monitoring programme. This was completed in December 2007 with the results to be presented at the September 2008 EASD meeting.
See UKPDS trial for details of the intervention protocol and the primary results published in 1998.