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What is the REAL Diabetes Study?

We are testing a program for young adults with type 1 diabetes, to learn about ways to help young adults manage diabetes, and deal with everyday hassles related to having diabetes.

You will receive compensation for study participation.

Interested in Participating?

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Who can sign up?

You may be able to join the study if you:

  • Are 18-30 years old
  • Live in the state of California
  • Have had type 1* diabetes for at least one year
  • Have an A1C of 7.5% or higher*
  • Are willing to participate in a 6-month Occupational Therapy program
  • Are willing to complete data collection in person or via mailings
  • Not pregnant or no plans to become pregnant
  • Have access to a laptop or desktop computer**

*If you are not sure about this information, we can check it with you.

**A loaned laptop from the study may be available.

What do people say about participating in our diabetes research?


What was I thinking when I signed up? I'm just going to give it a shot. If it works out, it works out . . . . I definitely got a lot more than I expected.
— “Luis,” age 24


I like that it's about how diabetes affects your life as a whole, not just about diabetes. You know? It's a disease that's not visible to people, so people can't understand what you're going through . . . it's not just how are you managing your diabetes, it's how it's affecting you as a whole individual person.
— “Estefania,” age 22


It's kind of a realization, like it's taking a step back, because you don't really think about what you do on a day-to-day basis. This can help you to look at what you're doing and how you can better improve yourself.
— “Ivionna,” age 29

Contact us

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Text: (213) 534-7325
Study ID: IRB #HS-18-00633
USC Office for the Protection of Research Subjects

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