La Crosse’s Mayo Clinic Health System launches first-of-its-kind study

A first-of-its-kind medical study is being conducted here in La Crosse.

Mayo Clinic Health System launched a new clinical study this week, which they’re calling the “Recent Elevated Glucose and Recent Diabetes” or “REGARD” study.

As part of the research, they’ll be collecting blood samples from volunteers who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

The idea is to try to determine if there’s a link between diabetes and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

“We will be doing studies on the blood samples, and hopefully those samples will be able to tell us, ‘Yup, you have Type 2 diabetes, no need to worry any further,’ or ‘Maybe you might need to get a little further screening of your pancreas,'” said Gloria Petersen, a professor of epidemiology at Mayo Clinic Health System.

People who are aged 50 or older and have had recent elevated blood glucose levels will be candidates for the study.

If you’re interested in participating, you can talk to your doctor at Mayo.